Thursday, August 16, 2007

Round-Up: August 16

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 Asinus gestat mysteria. In English: The donkey is carrying divine mysteries. Listen to the audio, and read the story of the donkey who did carry the goddess Isis on his back! 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 a very wise saying: Occasio facit furem, "Opportunity makes the thief." 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 133, a group of proverbs featuring third 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 Viro maligno et Daemone: The Wicked man and The Devil. I think this is a hilarious little fable, very much in the medieval tradition of devil stories, and very congenial in tone to the Aesopic tradition, too. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the wicked man and the hard-working devil (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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