Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Round-Up: December 30

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. Plus, you can find some Latin "pipilationes" at my Proverbia Latina feed and at the IVLIVS CAESAR feed (Plutarch's Life of Caesar twittered trilingually).

HODIE: ante diem tertium Kalendas Ianuarias. 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 FABLES: Here are today's fables from the Ictibus Felicibus project. These fables ALL have long marks, plus stress marks for easy reading, and the poems have meter marks, too.

De Morte et Amore, the story of what happened when Cupid and Death got their arrows mixed up!

Leo et Socii Eius, the famous story of the lion's share in an elegiac verse version by Alexander Nequam.

Cervus ad Fontem, the sad story of a deer with a deluded body image.

Leo ab Homine Occisus, the story of the debate between the lion and the man as to who is the most powerful.

Auceps et Perdix, the story of the treacherous partridge and what she did when she was captured.

I've picked out my favorite one, Leo ab Homine Occisus, to share with you here in the blog:

Tabula ōlim mōnstrābātur, in quā artifex leōnem immānem ab ūnō homine interfectum pīnxerat. Spectātōrēs cum dē illā stultē glōriārentur, leō quidam praeteriēns "Vōbīs sānē," inquit, "hanc victōriam dat pictor iste; sed solitā fingendī licentiā vōs dēcēpit. Quō certius nōs victōrēs essēmus, sī contubernālēs meī pingere scīrent."

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: You can get access to ALL the "proverb of the day scripts" (also available as random proverb scripts) at the website.

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Fatum inevitabile (English: What is fated is unavoidable).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nihil sine labore (English: Nothing without hard work - or, as we say in English, "no pain, no gain").

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Camelus, cupiens cornua, aures perdidit (English: The camel, hoping for horns, lost its ears - a story told in one of Aesop's fables).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Omnia probate, quod bonum est, tenete (English: Try all things; what is good, keep).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Maleam legens, quae sunt domi obliviscere (English: You forget the things that are at home when sailing around Malea; from Adagia 2.4.46; Sailing around the cape of Malea was so perilous that people would forget even what they held most dear; Cape Malea separates the Ionian and Aegean Seas, and was notorious for its deadly weather, as reported already in Homer's Odyssey).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Λύκω συννόμω καὶ ἵππω· λέοντέ γε μὲν οὐκέτι. (English: Two wolves can feed together, and two horses - but two lions can never do so).

And for the holidays...

Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Frigus vir nivis, a Latin version of "Frosty the Snowman," along with In Dulci Iubilo.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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