Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Round-Up: December 26

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). For keeping up with the latest posts, there is the RSS feed, or you can subscribe by email.

I hope everybody has had a nice Christmas! Today's proverb is Improbe Neptunum accusat qui iterum naufragium facit. In English: The man who shipwrecks a second time unjustly accuses Neptune. Listen to the audio, and see how a form of this proverb surfaces in the old TV show Star Trek. :-) Verses: Here is some more audio for the Vulgate Verses book also - just the audio, but there is a link to a page where you can get English notes and commentary on these verses also. Today's group includes this nice verse for the holiday season: Pax in caelo et gloria in excelsis.

Latin Holiday Songs. For the holiday season, instead of a Latin Fable of the Day, I'm posting a "holiday song of the day" at the eClassics ning, and I'll carry on with that until the New Year. Today's holiday song is Sanctus Wenceslaus Rex, a Latin translation of the popular English Christmas carol, "Good King Wenceslas." The story of King Wenceslas has become connected with the Christmas holiday season because the feast of Saint Stephen, mentioned in the carol, falls on December 26.

For an image today, I wanted to use this lovely photo of a Neptune statue, taken by my friend Neal Rattican; the statue is located in Virginia Beach, where they hold an annual Neptune Festival! You can find many more views of this wonderful statue with this Google Image Search.