Friday, August 17, 2007

Round-Up: August 17

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). I hope everybody has a GREAT weekend: I'll see you back online on Monday! Today's proverb is Asinus balneatoris numquam particeps balnei. In English: The bathhouse-keeper's donkey never gets to have a bath. Listen to the audio, and read an Aesop's fable about another hard-working and much afflicted donkey! 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 quite famous mottoOmnia vincit amor. 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 Avibus plures reges eligere volentibus: The Birds wanting to elect more kings. This is one of those fables in favor of small government - fewer masters, fewer masters to satisfy. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the birds and their kings (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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