Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Round-Up: February 24

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 sextum 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:
  • Corvus et Mercurius, a funny little story about the crow's religious hypocrisy.
  • Haedus et Lupus, the story of a goat who would rather be sacrificed than be eaten by a wolf.
  • Mula et Musca, the story of a fly who thinks she can boss the mule around - but she's wrong.
  • Gallus et Feles Lecticarii, the story of a rooster who thought he could employ cats as his litter-bearers.
  • Aries et Taurus, the story of a ram who thinks he is big enough and bad enough to fight with a bull... but he was wrong!
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of the perfidious crow, Corvus et Mercurius, to share with you here in the blog:
Corvus, laqueō captus, Apollinī ut opem ferret supplicat, tūra et odōrēs illī incendere pollicitus. Perīculō līberātus, eius quod prōmīserat oblītus est. Rursus aliō irrētītus laqueō, Apolline praeteritō, Mercurium invocāvit, spondēns eī sacra factūrum. Cui ille, "Apage, omnium nequissime; nōn est quod tibi fidem habeam, quī priōribus nōn stetistī prōmissīs, et Apollinī līberātōrī dēbitum nondum solvistī.
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: Nil time (English: Fear nothing).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post nubes lux (English: After clouds, the light).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Qui fuit rana, nunc est rex (English: He who was a frog is now a king - which is kind of like a fairy tale, in miniature).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Fatuus fatua loquetur (English: The fool will speak foolish things).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ipso ex Iove germen (English: A sprout from Jupiter himself; from Adagia 4.10.86 - this is something you can say of someone with exceptional talents - a chip off the old divine block!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Μέγα τὸ στομα τοῦ ἐνιαιτοῦ (English: Great is the mouth of the year... just think of all the things it has devoured in time!).

For today's image, here is an illustration I picked out for the story of the rooster with his feline employees, ha ha - Gallus et Feles Lecticarii:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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