Friday, July 27, 2007

Round-Up: July 27

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). Have a nice weekend! Today's proverb is Auribus oculi fideliores sunt. In English: The eyes are more trustworthy than the ears. Listen to the audio, and find out all about "eye-witnesses" and "ear-witnesses" in Latin. 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 Cotidiana vilescunt, the Latin equivalent of "familiarity breeds contempt." 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 125, a group of proverbs featuring third conjugation verbs and second declension nouns and adjectives. 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 Porco et Equo: The Pig and The Horse. This fable makes a great contrast to yesterday's story, where the mule was vindicated when he saw the way the war-horse suffered; in today's story, the war-horse gets to claim his glory and denounce the wretched life of the pig. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the pig and the horse (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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