Friday, September 7, 2007

Round-Up: September 7

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). Have a great weekend, everybody! Today's proverb is Asinus asino et sus sui pulcher. In English: One donkey is beautiful to another, one pig is beautiful to another. Listen to the audio, and read a great little fable about the toad who needed to send a pair of slippers (!) to his son, special delivery. 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 a saying in praise of the "golden mean," Auream mediocritatem diligo. 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 145, a group of proverbs featuring, of course, 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 Erinaceo Viperam hospitem eiiciente: The Hedgehog who tossed out his host, the Viper. I love this fable: who would have thought you could feel sorry for a viper? But yes: the hedgehog is the bad guy in this one! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the hedgehog and the viper (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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