Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Round-Up: September 5

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). Normally I don't post on Wednesdays because of my schedule this semester, but I thought I would make up for Labor Day today! :-) Today's proverb is De asini umbra disputant. In English: They're arguing about the donkey's shadow. Listen to the audio, and read about how Demosthenes used a story about the donkey's shadow to make a very pointed point about the unprofessional judges hearing his case in court. 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 the Latin equivalent of "getting blood from a stone," A pumice aquam petis. 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 143, a group of proverbs featuring, yes, you guessed it: 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 Mure liberante Milvum: The Mouse Who Freed The Kite. This is one of those "no good deed goes unpunished fables." In other words: the story of my life! Ha ha. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the good-willed, misguided little mouse (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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