Thursday, September 6, 2007

Round-Up: September 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 Dicunt enim et non faciunt. In English: For they speak, and do not do it. Listen to the audio, and ponder this great little saying about hypocrites from the Gospel of Matthew. 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 saying of Diogenes carrying his lamp, Hominem quaero. 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 144, a group of proverbs featuring even 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 Cochlea petente ab Iove ut suam domum secum ferre posset: About the Snail, petitioning Zeus so that she could carry her house along with her. My sympathies are definitely with the hermit snail and her choice (I don't live in an RV that I take around with me, but I do live way out in the countryside, for reasons rather like the snail's!). This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the snail and Zeus (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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