Monday, January 4, 2010

Round-Up: January 4

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. I haven't Twittered much over the holidays, but I will be back at work on Monday - and the pipilationes will start again, too! :-)

HODIE: pridie Nonas 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.

Tubicen captivus, the story of a trumpeter taken prisoner in wartime.

Vulpes et Aquila, the story of what happened when the eagle stole the fox's cubs.

Gallus et Margarita, the story of a rooster who found a precious gem in the manure pile.

Fiber, the story of what the beaver does to escape the hunters.

Ovis, Cervus et Lupus, the story of the stag and the wolf trying to pressure the sheep into loaning them some grain.

I've picked out my favorite one, Fiber, to share with you here in the blog - this is one of Alciato's emblems, and you can see the emblem image below:
Fiber, et pedibus segnis et alvō tumidā prōpendulus, īnsidiās tamen hāc arte effugit: mordicus ipse medicāta virīlia sibī vellit, atque abicit, gnārus sēsē ob illa petī. Ab hūius exemplō discās rēbus nōn parcere, et hostibus aera dare, ut vītam redimās.
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 Ut migraturus habita (English: Dwell as if you were about to move - great advice for those of you dealing with post-holiday clutter!).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Hospitalitatem nolite oblivisci (English: Don't forget hospitality... if someone offered you hospitality during the holidays, don't forget to return the favor).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ut pax servetur, legis moderamen habetur (English: In order to keep the peace, we keep hold of the rudder of the law).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Interrogate de semitis antiquis, quae sit via bona, et ambulate in ea (Jer. 6:16). 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: Tuo te pede metire: Measure your selfe by your owne fote. The painters and carvers of images holde opinion, that the iust measure of everie man consisteht in seven of his owne fete. By this Proverbe wee be therfore warned, that wee dilate not oure selves beyonde our condition and state, neither yet esteme our selves by the prayses of flatterours, or opinion of the people or by favour of false fortune, but only by oure propre and true qualities.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from the rhyming couplets collected by Wegeler, with a word list at
Vultus fortunae mutatur imagine lunae:
Crescit, decrescit, in eodem sistere nescit.
English: "Fortune's face changes like the moon: it gets bigger, it gets smaller, and doesn't know how to stay the same."

Meanwhile, here's an illustration for the fable of the beaver (image source) from a 1621 edition of Alciato's emblems:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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