Monday, July 30, 2007

Round-Up: July 30

I hope you had a great weekend! Here is a round-up of the Bestiaria Latina blog posts for Monday (you can browse through previous round-ups at the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives). Today's proverb is Haec manus inimica tyrannis. In English: This hand is hostile to tyrants. Listen to the audio, and learn more about this saying which provides the basis for the state motto of Masschusetts. Also, if you are curious about the saying "God helps those who help themselves," you need to read this post! :-) 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 what you might call the lament of the un-read blogger, Profundis verba ventis. (although for the winds you can substitute the byways of the information superhighway...). 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 126, 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 Coriario emente pellem ursi a venatore nondum capti, "The Tanner who bought a bear hide from a hunter before the bear was captured." This is a clever variation on the old fable about the two friends and the bear (which you can read in this blog post about Caspar Barth's version of the traditional story). This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the bear and the tanner (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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