Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Round-Up: February 23

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.

HODIE: ante diem septimum Kalendas Martias. 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:
  • Leo et Rana, a story about an indignant lion and a noisy frog.
  • Inimici, a story of how misery loves company!
  • Phoebus et Boreas, the famous story of the contest between the Sun and the Wind, in a long version adapted from LaFontaine.
  • Canis et Pastor, the story of the punishment inflicted on the dog who ate sheep from his own flock.
  • Duo Calvi, the ironic story of two bald men who found... a comb - a funny little fable and one that is great to look at for the iambic meter; it's very easy to read, with only a couple of metrical resolutions.
I've picked out my favorite one, the lion and the frog, Leo et Rana, to share with you here in the blog:
Leo, audītīs rānae clāmōribus, prīmum animō valdē perculsus est, quod crēderet ingentem animantem auctōrem esse tantī clāmōris. Animō sēnsim firmātō, circumspicere, et contrā illum clāmātōrem, quisquis esset, sēsē parāre, et ad pugnam accingere. Cum autem videt prōrēpentem rānam dē propinquō lacū, ibi leo, simul indignātiōne simul etiam pudōre affectus, pede illam conculcātam attrīvit.
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: Mente manuque (English: By hand and mind).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nil sine numine (English: Nothing without divine power - and for some notes on numen, check out my latest Tres Columnae blog post)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Avarum irritat, non satiat pecunia (English: Money provokes the greedy person; it doesn't satisfy him). 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: Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere (English: To accept a favor is to sell your freedom).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Asinus ad tibiam (English: The donkey listening to a flute - which is something like our "bull in a china shop," since the donkey is notoriously un-musical; from Adagia 4.1.47).

For today's' image, here is Aractingy's illustration for the fable of the contest between the North Wind and the Sun, Phoebus et Boreas:

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

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