Thursday, August 2, 2007

Round-Up: August 2-3

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). Since I'm going to be super-busy on Friday, I'm not sure I will be able to do any posting so I will you all a nice weekend now! Today's proverb is Multae manus onus levant. In English: Many hands lighten the load. Listen to the audio, and also read a genius article from the New York Times about the role of cooperation in evolution itself! 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 that famous saying, Barba non facit philosophum, "A beard does not make one a philosopher." Ha! 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 128, a group of proverbs featuring third conjugation verbs with first and second 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 Leone et Mure: The Lion and The Mouse,. If you think you know the Aesop's fable about the lion and the mouse, you are in for a surprise! Abstemius has invented a hilarious follow-up to the familiar story of how the mouse rescued the lion from a trap... and things do not turn out at all well for that little mouse! Ha! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the story of the mouse married to the lion (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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