Thursday, August 23, 2007

Round-Up: August 23

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 Alienis malis discimus. In English: We learn from others' mistakes. Listen to the audio, and learn how this applies to the story of the tortoise and the hare... plus, you can learn how the tortoise actually cheated in some versions of that story! 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 one of my favorite Latin sayings of all time:Errores medicorum terra tegit, "the earth covers up the doctors' errors." OUCH. 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 136, a group of proverbs featuring more 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 Zelotypo, qui uxorem dederat custodiendam: The Jealous Husband, who handed over his wife for safe-keeping. This is another one of Abstemius's fables that bears a striking resemblance to the world of Boccaccio's Decameron! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the man guarding the hussy (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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