Monday, August 20, 2007

Round-Up: August 20

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).

In addition to the Bestiaria Latina materials for today, I wanted to point out a great new blog that might be of interest to you, with Latin audio online! Take a look at Talking Vulgar, where you can "Listen, speak, and learn conversational Latin like the barbarian you are!" As you can guess from the title, the focus is on Vulgate Latin, with an ecclesiastical accent. This is a great addition to the Latin audio world online with actual audio exercises for you to practice with. Thanks so much to Scott the Barbarian, Scottus Barbarus, for sharing the audio experience online! Today's proverb is Non scholae sed vitae discimus. In English: We learn, not for school, but for life. Listen to the audio, and read how Seneca criticized himself for failing to follow this precept! 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 the Latin equivalent of the early bird who catches the worm: Avis matura vermem capit. 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 134, another 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 Muliere, quae pro viro mori se velle dicebat: The Woman, who said she wanted to die in place of her husband. I think this is a very funny little story: be careful what you pray for, because you just might get it! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the woman and her encounter with death (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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