Thursday, August 9, 2007

Round-Up: August 9

Here is a round-up of today's Bestiaria Latina blog posts (you can browse through previous round-ups at the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives). Today's proverb is Nec caput nec pedes habet. In English: It hasn't got a head or feet. Listen to the audio, and learn about this Latin equivalent to not being able to make "heads or tails" of something. Here is the audio for 10 more Latin proverbs - just the audio, but there is a link to a page where you can get English translations and commentary on the proverbs, too. Today's group includes Plaustrum bovem trahit, the Latin equivalent of putting the cart before the horse! I'm continuing to work on the online guide to the Latin Via Proverbs book, with grammar notes and English translations, working through the book group by group. Today I've posted notes for Group 130, a group of proverbs featuring third conjugation verbs and third declension nouns. I'm continuing to work my way through the 15th-century Latin fables of Abstemius! With each fable I'm posting the Latin text, a segmented Latin text, along with an English translation by me, plus the rollicking 17th-century translation by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Today's fable is De Agricola militiam et mercaturam affectante: The Farmer aspiring to the arts of war and of business. This is a fun fable and, I have to confess, the L'Estrange translation is really fantastic - I love this early modern use of the word "freak," for example! By this time he has had his Bellyful of Knight-Errantry, and a new Freak takes him in the Crown. He might do better, he fancies, in the Way of a Merchant... This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the farmer as soldier and as merchant (see above). Below is a smaller image of the crossword; visit for a larger version you can print along with a word list, clues, and the solution, too.

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