Thursday, June 28, 2007

Round-Up: June 28

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 Paulum lucri, quantum damni. In English: So little profit, so much loss. Listen to the audio, and think about a proverb you could invent, based on this same model! 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 this very wise saying: Felicitas multos habet amicos., "Happiness has many friends." 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 109, a group of proverbs again featuring second 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 Aquila et Pica: Eagle and Magpie. Once again, L'Estrange's version of this little fable is an absolute delight to read. (I've also included a note there about the interesting etymology of "magpie" in English, something I had not thought about before this fable!) This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the Roman Emperors widget at 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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