Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Round-Up: March 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 nonum Kalendas Apriles. 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, the story of the wolf as a would-be monk, Lupus Monachus, who cannot say "Amen" and always says "Agnus" or "Aries" instead, looking at the flock and not at the cross:
Īsengrīmus semel voluit esse monachus. Magnīs precibus obtinuit quod Capitulum consēnsit; corōnam, cucullam et cētera monachālia suscēpit. Tandem posuērunt eum ad litterās; dēbuit addiscere Pater Noster, et semper rēspondit Agnus vel Ariēs. Docuērunt eum ut rēspiceret ad Crucifixum, ad sacrificium, et ille semper dīrexit oculōs ad ariētēs.
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.

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Iuvat Deus impigros (English: God assists those who are not lazy - or, in Latin, the "un-lazy").

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Ne omnibus credas (English: Don't trust everything/everyone).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Dignus erit magno, qui parva capit iubilando (English: The man who accepts small things with a joyful heart will be worthy of a great thing).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Lata porta et spatiosa via quae ducit ad perditionem (Matt. 7:13). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare - it's one about being your own worst enemy: Ipse sibi mali fons: He is causer of his owne hurte, he made a rodde for his owne tayle.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is some rhyming dietary advice from Wegeler, with a word list at
Ex magna cena stomacho fit maxima poena;
Ut sis nocte levis, sit tibi cena brevis.
English: "From a big dinner comes the biggest punishment for the stomach; in order to be unburdened at night, let your dinner be small." Notice that in the medieval scheme, cena can rhyme with poena.

For today's image, here's an illustration for the fable about the mouse's birth, Terra Murem Parturiens - look closely for the little mouse!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at