Thursday, August 30, 2007

Round-Up: August 30

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 Unus lanius non timet multas oves. In English: One butcher does not fear the many sheep. Listen to the audio, and read the story of the butcher who slaughtered the sheep, one by one - much like the story in Pastor Martin Niemoeller's parable, 'First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.' 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 medieval saying Homo proponit sed deus disponit, "Man proposes but God disposes." 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 140, another group of third declension nouns and third conjugation 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 Mure, qui cum fele amicitiam contrahere volebat: The Mouse who wanted to make friends with the cat. This is a very lively version of the "you can't just a book by its cover" type of proverb! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the mouse and the cat (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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