Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Round-Up: July 31

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).

AudioLatinProverbs.com: Today's proverb is Manus operarii corporis, digiti chordarum plectra. In English: The hands are the body's workers, the fingers are pluckers of strings. Listen to the audio, and learn about the wonderful riddling dialogue from which this saying is adapted. Do you have some great Latin riddle resources? Share them here at the eClassics forum on Latin Riddles!

AudioLatin.com: 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 Bene legere saecula vincere, a brilliant motto for all classicists, I think!

LatinViaFables.com: 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 Heremita et Milite: The Hermit and The Soldier. This is another of Abstemius's fables about the hypocrisy of so much religious life; the soldier character reminds me of someone from Boccaccio's Decameron - and remember, Boccaccio, who lived and worked in the fourteenth-century in Italy, was someone whose work Abstemius, a fifteenth-century Italian scholar, no doubt was well acquainted with, Boccaccio being quite a scholar of the classics himself!

LatinCrossword.com: This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the soldier and the hermit (see above). Below is a smaller image of the crossword; visit LatinCrossword.com for a larger version you can print along with a word list, clues, and the solution, too.

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