Thursday, December 31, 2009

Round-Up: December 31

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: pridie 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.

Leo Senex, the story of the indignities suffered by the lion in his old age.

Musca et Calvus, the story of a bald man who was annoyed by a fly.

Serpens et Lima, the story of what happened when the snake tried its fangs against the metal file.

Canis et Ovis, the story of how the dog took the sheep to court and won on the strength of false witnesses.

Canis et Umbra, the famous story of the dog who was fooled by a reflection in the water.

I've picked out my favorite one, Canis et Ovis, to share with you here in the blog, about how the so-called justice system failed to protect the honest sheep:

Olim canis ovem accūsābat canis quod nōlēbat sibi reddere pānem quem sibi praestiterat. Illa negat: iūdex testēs petit. Lupus haec inquit: Vīdī quod iste tibi pānem praestitit. Milvus et accipiter eadem testificātī sunt; sīc illa pānem canī reddere cōgitur, et, quia nōn habuit quō pānem reddere posset, illa prō pretiō lānam suam vendidit. Sīc saepe vir simplex, tūtōre carēns. fraude coactus, hoc quod nōn habuit reddere solet.

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.

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Virtute me involvo (English: I wrap myself in excellence).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Amor caecus est (English: Love is blind).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Igne semel tactus timet ignem postmodo cattus (English: The cat who has been touched once by fire, fears the fire thereafter).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Stipendia peccati mors (Romans 6:23). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Longae Regum manus: Kinges have longe handes. They can bringe in men, they can plucke in thinges, though they be a great waye of (it's kind of "extraordinary rendition," Elizabethan-style).

Today's Poem: Today's poem is one of the rhyming couplets collected by Wegeler, with a word list at
Omnia sunt mundi, quasi bulla caduca, rotundi:
In pratis ut flos, sic cadit omnis honos.
English: "All the things of this round world are wavering bubbles; like the grass in the meadow, so perishes all pomp." Note that this is internal rhyme in both lines: mundi-rotundi, flos-honos. Nice!

And for the holidays...

Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs - the last of this year's holiday season - from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Auld Lang Syne, a Latin version of the Robert Burns song, along with In hoc anni circulo - with a Scottish "Quaich" below in honor of Auld Lang Syne, for those of you who will be drinking toasts at midnight tonight!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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