Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Round-Up: October 28

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De Canibus Britannicis. Project Gutenberg is not a place I normally expect to find Latin texts, but a truly wonderful book has just shown up there this week! The e-text consists of Caius's original De Canibus Britannicis (1570) and Fleming's translation Of English Dogges (1576). The separate texts are then followed by a combined text, giving the Latin original and the English translation in interlocking segments. I wonder if we will see any other great Renaissance items like this at Project Gutenberg. It's a mode of presentation that makes the text equally useful for Latinists and for folks who are interested in Renaissance England. Marvelous!

Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Tempus est vitae magister (English: Time is the teacher of life). You can use the Javascript to include the Latin proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog. Meanwhile, to read a brief essay about this proverb, visit the AudioLatinProverbs.com website.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀνδρὸς ὑπ' ἐσθλοῦ καὶ τυραννεῖσθαι καλόν (English: When a man is good, even his tyranny is agreeable - a saying that endorses benevolent dictatorship!). You can use the Javascript to include the Greek proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - and each Greek proverb also comes with a Latin version.

Latin Via Fables: I'm presenting the "Barlow Aesop" collection, fable by fable, with my commentary on each. Today's fable is Fable 14: Rana et Bos, the story of the frog who was literally puffed up with pride - fatally so! Here is Barlow's illustration:




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