Friday, January 8, 2010

Round-Up: January 8

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: antediem sextum 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:
I've picked out my favorite one, Camelus et Cornua, to share with you here in the blog, the sad story of how the camel got its ears cropped short:
Camēlus queritur taurōs cornibus īnsīgnēs errāre, et sē omnī ferae succubuisse; non placuit quod inermis erat. Camelus tandem instituit Iovem sollicitāre ut sibi cornua daret. Iūpiter questūs audīvit āversō ocellō; stultitiam rīdēns, opem ferre negāvit. Nōn modo ferre negat: vērum, nē poena absit petentī dīgna, ferus curta aure mittitur. Hinc nōlī culpāre, quod nōn mūtābile venit; ferre decet ea quae sors tibi cōntulerit.
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 Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Virtute viresco (English: By means of excellence I flourish).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Otium pulvinar diaboli (English: Leisure is the devil's cushion - something like "idle hands are the devil's workshop")

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non ducor, duco (English: I am not led: I lead). 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: Taciturnitas stulto homini pro sapientia est (English: For a fool, silence takes the place of wisdom - something like the English saying, "Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt").

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Annulus aureus in naribus suis (English: A golden ring in a sow's nostrils - with suis being the genitive singular of sus, "sow" - from Adagia 1.7.24, a proverbial expression of incongruity).

For today's image, here is the illustration of the fable of the Asinus in Pelle Leonis by Aractingy - look carefully and you'll see the donkey's ears!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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