Monday, January 14, 2008

Round-Up: January 14

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. In conjunction with the Vulgate Verses book, I've posted about the Latin Bible phrase Ex Aegypto vocavi filium meum and - even better - I have included the Latin text of the "Holiday of the Donkeys," celebrated on January 14, a medieval burlesque. HILARIOUS. If you have never reveled in rhyming medieval Latin verse, this is a great way to start:
Orientis partibus
Adventavit Asinus,
Pulcher et fortissimus,
Sarcinis aptissimus.
Highly recommended. :-) Proverbs: 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 one of my favorite sayings about chickens and eggs: Ex frixis ovis pullus numquam venit ullus. 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 viro amicos experiri volente: The man who wanted to test his friends. As you can guess, most of the "friends" did not pass the test!

And here is an image in honor of the Festum Asinorum: it is the flight into Egypt as painted by Giotto: