Monday, August 6, 2007

Round-Up: August 6

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 Ex pede Herculem. In English: You know Hercules by his foot. Listen to the audio, and read about how Pythagoras used the ancient Olympic stadium, supposedly measured out by Hercules himself, to calculate the actual length of Hercules's very big foot! 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, Elephantum ex musca facis, which is much like the English saying "making a mountain out of a molehill." 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 Ulmo et Silere: The Elm and The Willow. This is a very enjoyable little story, which is a simple variant on the old story of the oak and the reed, but with two different characters and the force of the water rather than the winds at work. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the elm and the willow (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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