Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Round-Up: January 5

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: Nonae Ianuariae - the Nones 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:
  • Pisces in Sartagine, a wonderful little story by Abstemius based on the motif of "out of the frying pan, into the fire."
  • Corvus et Vulpes, how the fox tricked the crow with flattery - in an adaptation of LaFontaine's version.
  • Formica et Cicada, the story of what happened when the cicada went hungry in winter and begged the ant for food, in a verse fable by Nequam.
  • Canis Parturiens, the story of a canine houesguest who outstays her welcome, as told by Phaedrus.
  • Pythagoras et Grues, a story of wisdom learned from the flight of the cranes from the emblems of Alciato.
I've picked out my favorite one, Pisces in Sartagine, to share with you here in the blog:
Piscēs adhuc vīvī in sartāgine ferventī oleō coquēbantur, quōrum ūnus "Fugiāmus hinc, frātrēs (inquit), nē pereāmus." Tunc omnēs pariter ē sartāgine exsilientēs, in ardentēs prūnās dēcidērunt. Māiōrī igitur dolōre affectī, damnābant cōnsilium quod cēperant, dīcentēs: "Quantō ātrōciōrī nunc morte perimus." Haec nōs admonet fābula ut ita praesentia vītēmus perīcula, nē incidāmus in graviōra.
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: Depressus extollor (English: Pushed down, I rise up - which can work for both physical and spiritual "depression").

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Virtutis fortuna comes (English: Luck is the companion of excellence - so, work on your excellent, and good luck will follow!)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Leges sine moribus vanae (English: Laws without character are worthless). 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: Malefacere qui vult, numquam non causam invenit (English: Someone who wants to do wrong never fails to find a reason).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Cervus canes trahit (English: The stag is dragging the dogs - when, of course, the stag should be shaking the dogs loose, or trying to; this proverb comes from Adagia 4.4.11).

Today's image is an illustration for the fable Canis Parturiens, from a 15th-century edition of Aesop's fables:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.

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