Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Round-Up: January 12

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 Idus 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, along with an easy-to-read prose presentation of the story:

  • De mulo et equo, Abstemius's verson of the fable of the boastful horse and the humble mule.
  • Hercules et Pygmaei, Alciato's moral emblem about Hercules and the Pygmies.
  • Leo et Capella, the story of how the lion tried to trick the goat.
  • Cuculus et Accipiter, a story about a cuckoo bird and a high-flying hawk.
  • Camelus, the story of what happened the first time the people saw a camel
I've picked out my favorite one, Cuculus et Accipiter, to share with you here in the blog. As you'll see, the cuckoo learned a good lesson from the downfall of the hawk!
Irrīsus ab accipitre cucūlus, quod, cum sibi et corpore pār et colōre nōn absimilis esset, prae angustiā animī potius vermibus terrēnīs quam suāvibus aliārum avium carnibus vescerētur, vīdit paucīs post diēbus accipitrem ā rusticō, cuius columbās īnsectābātur, captum, ad metum cēterōrum ex altā rupe pendere. Cui cucūlus "Quam melius tibi (inquit), amīce, fuisset vermēs vēnārī, quam aliēnās avēs impetere." Haec fābula indicat eōrum vītam tūtiōrem esse et magis probātam, quī suīs rēbus sine perīculō contentī, quam illōrum, quī, aliēna appetentēs, adeunt magna vītae discrīmina.
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: You can get access to ALL the "proverb of the day scripts" (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Perduret probitas (English: May honesty endure - and the prefix per both strengthens the force of the verb and also adds alliteration to the motto!).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Cor regum inscrutabile (English: The heart/mind of kings is inscrutable - a saying that could definitely apply to our own leader, President Obama, who is a very cool customer indeed)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Suus cuique crepitus bene olet (English: To each person his own his fart smells nice). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Fatetur facinus is, qui iudicium fugit (English: Someone who flees the trial confesses his crime… just think OJ!).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Ex ipso bove lora sumere (English: To get the reins from the ox himself - a rather grim saying, meaning to make the ox's reins out of leader taken from an ox, using what is his against him: ouch; from Adagia 1.2.77).

For an image this time, it's actually an illustration from the fable of the camel, Camelus. You can make your own puzzles, too; here are the super-easy instructions. Use this image to guide you (I made the puzzle a little bit smaller so it would fit in the space of the blog).









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