Thursday, January 10, 2008

Round-Up: January 10

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts (you can browse through previous round-ups at the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives). You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you can subscribe by email. Today's proverb is Bos currum trahit, non bovem currus. In English: The ox pulls the cart, not the cart the ox. Listen to the audio, and read Erasmus's revealing comments about this particular saying. 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 famous Bible quote: Stipendia peccati mors. 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 auriga et rota currus stridente: The driver and the cart-wheel that squeaked. As you can see from L'Estrange's translation, the fable has at least something in common with the proverbial squeaky wheel getting the grease.

For an image today, here is the horse before the cart, to go with today's proverb: