Thursday, July 26, 2007

Round-Up: July 26

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 Auriculas asini Mida rex habet. In English: King Midas has donkey's ears. Listen to the audio, and learn the story of King Midas and hsi donkey ears - as well as a story about the Roman Emperor, Nero. 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 also features a famous mythological character, Sisypuhus: Frustra saxum volvit Sisyphus. 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. Today's fable is De mulo et equo: The Mule and The Horse, a nicely told story on the familiar theme of how the simple life is much better than the lives of the rich and famous. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the horse and the mule (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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