Saturday, June 30, 2007

Round-Up: June 30

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 Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae. In English: There is no great talent without an admixture of madness. Listen to the audio, and learn something about Latin nouns in -ura (such as mixtura). 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 one of my favorite sayings, Canis mortuus non mordet., "A dead dog doesn't bite." 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 110, another group of proverbs 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 Rustico et Mure: The Country-man and The Mouse,. You will see in the moral that L'Estrange provides for the story, he really does not approve of the man's little joke at the mouse's expense! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the man and the mouse in the burning house (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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