Monday, August 23, 2010

Round-Up: August 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.

HODIE: ante diem decimum Kalendas Septembres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

Mille Fabulae et Una: Here are the latest things I've been posting over at the 1001 Fabulae site... and you can download your free PDF copy of the book, too.

Fabulae cum Imaginibus: I've added so many fables with images to the blog this weekend. There are over 100 of them now. You can find fables with illustrations from a hand-colored Steinhowel, from Billinghurt's La Fontaine, Bennett's Aesop, Arthur Rackham, Milo Winter, Griset, and Sebastian Brant's Aesop, too!

Bestiaria Latina Podcast: Today's Latin audio fable is Adolescens Piger, Poggio's story of the lazy boy.

Fabulae Faciles: The new easy-to-read fable is Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Mente manuque praesto (English: I am ready with mind and hand - although I guess it would be better to say "heart and hand" or "head and hand" to capture the alliteration of the Latin!).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Mortalia facta peribunt (English: Mortal deeds will perish - that's the thing about mortality, after all!).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Non vult verna probus dominis servire duobus (English: The honest slave will not serve two masters).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Resistite diabolo et fugiet a vobis (James 4:7). 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: Grata brevitas: Shortnes is acceptable. Unto littel thinges is a certaine grace annexed. Some thinges do please men by reason of the greatnes and quantitie. Againe there be other thinges whiche even for that very cause be acceptable, and had in price, bycause they be litle. The English proverbe is thus pronounced, Short and swete. .

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from the rhyming couplets collected by Wegeler, with a word list at
In mensa residens et panem non benedicens,
Ille sedet quasi sus et surget sicut asellus.
English: "Someone who takes his place at the table and doesn't say grace over the food is like a hog sitting down and like a donkey he will rise up." So, in other words, give thanks for your food, unlike those barnyard animals.

For an image, here is Milo Winter's illustration for the story of the squealing pig, 302. Oves et Sus: Suculus, in quemdam ovium gregem ingressus, cum iis una pascebatur. Olim vero a pastore prehensus, grunnitus magnos edebat atque effugere omni vi nitebatur. Eum itaque oves ob tot tantosque clamores increpare coeperunt, aientes, “Nos quoque continuo pastor manu prehendit, nec tamen ita clamamus.” Quibus tum suculus “Non vestrae similis,” ait, “captura mea est. Vos enim aut propter lanam aut propter agnos, me vero ob carnem tantummodo capit.”

Sus, Ovis et Capra