Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Round-Up: November 26

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 Musica laetitiae comes, medicina dolorum (English: Music is a companion to joy and a medicine for pains - a saying I definitely agree with: music "therapy" has many benefits!). 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, visit the AudioLatinProverbs.com website.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐλπίδες ἐν ζωοῖσιν, ἀνέλπιστοι δὲ θανόντες (English: Hopes are among the living; the dead are without hope - a great saying to go with the fable today!). 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 33: Senex et Mors, the story of an old man who thought he wanted to die... but he was wrong! Here is Barlow's illustration - isn't it fantastic? I am really not sure how the ancient Romans would have imagined death, but illustrating this fable in the 17th century, Barlow was able to draw on the European iconographic tradition to create this great picture!




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