Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Round-Up: January 13

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: Idus Ianuariae, the Ides of January. 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:
I've picked out my favorite one, the story, Asinus et Vitulus, to share with you here in the blog - I have a lot of sympathy for this cynical donkey:
Asinus et vitulus in eōdem pascentēs prātō, sonitū campanae hostīlem exercitum adventāre praesēnserant. Tum vitulus: "Fugiāmus hinc, ō sodālis (inquit), nē hostēs nōs captīvōs abdūcant." Cui asinus: "Fuge tū (inquit) quem hostēs occīdere et ēsse cōnsuēvērunt; asinī nihil interest, cui ubīque eadem ferendī oneris est prōposita conditio."
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: Varietas delectat (English: Variety is pleasing - or, as we say in English, "variety is the spice of life.").

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post proelium praemium (English: After the war, the reward - and with this one, the sound-play comes through in the English, too!)

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Qualis sit quilibet pastor, lupus adveniens indicat (English: You can see what kind of shepherd someone is when the wolf approaches).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus grows cold - which is to say, if you decode the gods: without bread and wine, love grows cold).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Compositus melius cum Bitho Bacchius (English: Better matched than Bacchius and Bithus; from Adagia 2.5.97 - a proverb based on two famous gladiators of ancient Rome).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πλείους προσκυνοῦσι τὸν ἥλιον ἀνατέλλοντα ἢ δύνοντα (English: More men bow down to the sun as it rises than when it is setting).

For an image today, here is the illustration (image source) for the fable Auceps, Columba et Anguis, and if you look closely you'll see the snake that the birdcatcher has stepped on!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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