HODIE: ante diem tertium Kalendas Maias. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.
MORE 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:
- Asinus et Vinum, the story of a poor man whose donkey and wine were his daughter's dowry.
- Ursus et Uxor Eius, the story of a bear with a bad temper.
- Pater Senex et Filius Eius, the story of how a young person learns to treat the old.
- Ciconia et Cattus, the story of a cat who tries to trick the stork out of her fish.
- Capi, the story of some capons who regretted being plump.
Vir quīdam pauper, cui praeter vīnī dōlium et asinum nihil erat, fīliam ūnicam cuidam spoponderat adolescentī, paulum nesciō quid pollicitus dōtis, quam ex vīnī et asinī pretiō (cōnstituerat enim haec vēnumdare) contrahere posse arbitrābātur. Sed sequentī, quā spōnsālia facta sunt, nocte asinus obiit, et inter moriendum, fractō calcibus dōliō, vīnum effūdit. Fābula indicat, nullam in rēbus cadūcīs spem habendam.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.
3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Non ducor, duco (English: I am not led; I lead - a wonderful motto of self-determination).
3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Dies levat luctum (English: The day alleviates grief - something like our English saying "time heals all wounds").
Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Te modicum iacta, quoniam probat exitus acta (English: Keep your boasting within limits, since it is results which commend your deeds).
Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Vade retro me, Satana (Mark 8:33). 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 Taverner: Omnia idem pulvis: Al is one self dust or asshes. From earth wee came, and to earth wee shall. Yea the scripture saith that asshes wee be, and to asshes we shall reverte. Nowe amongest asshes or dust I pray you, what greate difference is ther? How will ye discerne the asshes of a Kinge, or an Emperour, of a Duke, of a great Bishop, from the asshes of a cobler, yea of a begger.
Today's Poem: Today's poem is from Cato's Distichs, with a word list at NoDictionaries.com:
Cum sis incautus nec rem ratione gubernes,English: "When you are reckless and carelessly conduct your affairs, don't say that Fortune is blind - for she is not." In other words: don't blame the caprice of Lady Luck for your own carelessness! :-)
Noli Fortunam, quae non est, dicere caecam.
For an image today, here is an illustration to go with the story Ciconia et Cattus, showing a medieval stork catching her supper: