Friday, August 31, 2007

Round-Up: August 31

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). It's Labor Day weekend here in the U.S., so I'll see you all back online on Tuesday! :-) Today's proverb is Alis luporum catulos. In English: You are raising wolf cubs. Listen to the audio, and read three Aesop's fables about the shepherds who did try to raise up the cubs of the wolves... with no good results! 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, Parva volucris non ova magna parit, "A little bird can't lay big eggs." 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 141, one last 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. Today's fable is De Asino, qui hero ingrato serviebat: The Donkey, who served an ungrateful master. This is a great little fable... I'm sure all of us have faced some moment of dire ingratitude similar to what happened to this poor donkey! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the donkey and his ungrateful master (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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