Friday, August 24, 2007

Round-Up: August 24

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 you all had a great week, and I'll see you back again online on Monday. Today's proverb is Felix alterius cui sunt documenta flagella. In English: Happy is the man for whom another man's lashings are a lesson. Listen to the audio, and ponder the meaning of this saying in the context of Roman slavery. 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 Veras divitias eripit nemo, "No one can snatch away true riches." 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 137, a group of proverbs featuring third declension nouns and third declension verbs. 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 clusteria recusante: The Man Who Refused An Enema. The story is actually pretty funny and not as scatological as the title might make it seem - and L'Estrange's English version is full of vigor as always, of course! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the man and his doctors (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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