Friday, February 26, 2010

Round-Up: February 26

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 quartum 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:
  • Lupus et Canis Macer, a long version of the famous story of the fat dog and the free wolf, adapted from LaFontaine.
  • Corvus Aegrotus, the story of the crow on his deathbed who hopes the gods will save his life.
  • Apes et Pastor, the story of someone who is persuaded that honey is not worth the trouble.
  • Mus et Felis, the story of a foolish mouse who wanted to befriend a cat.
  • Asinus et Galli, the story of a donkey who suffered not only in life, but also in death.
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of the price of the honey, Apes et Pastor, to share with you here in the blog:
Apēs in cavā quercū mel faciēbant. Pastor vērō in eās, operī intentās, forte incidit; idque sēdulō agēbat, ut favōs auferret; quod cum sēnsissent apēs, furōre percitae hinc et illinc circumvolant, suīsque hostem abigunt acūleīs. Ille tamen victus, "Valēte (inquit), Ō ferōculae, aeternum valēte! Nōn adeō mel dēsīderō, ut ā vōbīs illud accipiam."
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: Nil timeo (English: I fear nothing).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nil homini certum (English: Nothing, for a man, is certain)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Historia magistra vitae (English: History is the teacher of life). 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: Cave amicum credas, nisi si quem probaveris (English: Beware of trusting your friend until you've tested him).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Piscis primum a capite foetet (English: The fish starts to stink from the head - which, metaphorically, means that corruption of the body politic also starts from the top; from Adagia 4.2.97).

For today's image, here is an illustration for the story of the long-suffering donkey, Asinus et Galli:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at