Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Round-Up: November 25

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email. Also, check out the Aesopus Ning - that's a new interactive space I've set up for anyone who wants to discuss Latin fables and proverbs, or blog about their own Latin adventures.

Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Virgo serena, pia, munda et immaculata (English: Fair virgin, pious, pure, and unstained. ... Although the appeal of today's saying is not so much in what it says, but in the fact that it is an anagram in Latin of Ave Maria, gratia plena, dominus tecum). You can use the Javascript to include the Latin proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog. Meanwhile, to read a brief essay about this proverb and to learn more about Latin anagrams, visit the AudioLatinProverbs.com website.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Θεός τε τοῖς ἀργοῦσιν οὐ παρίσταται (English: God does not stand by people who are lazy... or, as Ben Franklin would say, God helps those that help themselves). You can use the Javascript to include the Greek proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - and each Greek proverb also comes with a Latin version.

Latin Via Fables: I'm presenting the "Barlow Aesop" collection, fable by fable, with my commentary on each. Today's fable is Fable 32: Columbae et Accipiter, the story of the doves who made the hawk their king... with disastrous results, as you can imagine! There is no illustration of this fable in Barlow, but here is an illustration from the 1479 Steinhowel edition of Aesop's fables:




The Aesopus Ning is now open for business - so for more fables and to share your questions and comments with others, come visit the Ning!


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