Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Round-Up: April 28

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.

HODIE: ante diem quartum Kalendas Maias. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.

TODAY'S PODCAST:

Heri Hodie Cras Podcast: Today's audio podcast is Latin Via Proverbs: Group 67, which features this saying about the shoemaker needing to stick to his last: Ne supra crepidam sutor. (Don't let the shoemaker go beyond his sandal sole - in other words, he should stick to the trade he knows!).

TODAY'S PROVERBS:

You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.

Proverbiis Pipilo: You can see my Twitter feed of Latin proverbs which I "tweet" while I am online each day (in English, too). Here's a great anti-imperial slogan: Est pax villana melior quam pugna Romana (English: A village peace is better than a Roman war).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Elephantus culicem non curat (English: An elephant doesn't worry about a gnat). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is Mundus transit (English: The world passes away...The full phrase in I John is Et mundus transit, et concupiscentia eius).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Ex alieno prodigus (English: Lavish with someone else's stuff - and of course it's easy to be generous when your hand is in someone else's purse!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Diligite inimicos vestros (Matt. 5:44). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Latin Animal Proverb of the Day: Today's animal proverb is A bove maiori discit arare minor (English: The lesser ox learns to plow from the greater - but you will also frequently find this typographical error repeated over and over on the Internet: Ab ove maiori discit arare minor... as if sheep could learn to pull the plough!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Aurora Musis amica est (English: The dawn is a friend to the Muses - good advice for any aspiring novelists out there: rise early and seek your Muses by the dawn's light!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πηγάσου ταχύτερος (English: Swifter than Pegasus - Pegasus being the great winged horse of Greek mythology). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.

TODAY'S FABLES:

Aesopus Ning: Fables with Macrons: By popular request, I'm marking up the fables from Barlow's Aesop with macrons. So, today's fable with macrons is Dē Lupō Ovis Pelle Indūtō , the story of the wolf who dressed in sheep's clothing... and paid a terrible price for it in the end.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE RANA ET VULPE (the story of the frog who wanted to be a doctor). You can use the Javascript to include the fable of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - meanwhile, to find out more about today's fable, visit the Ning Resource Page for this fable, where you will find links to the text, commentary, and a discussion board for questions and comments.

Florilegium Fabularum: I'm working my way, slowly but surely, through the amazing collection of fables by Irenaeus published in 1666. Today's fable is Camelus, the story of the camel who asked Zeus for a pair of horns. Here's an illustration for the fable from an edition of Aesop's fables published in 1479 (image source):




Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.

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