Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Round-Up: February 10

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 quartum Idus Februarias. 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:
  • Amnis et Fons, Abstemius's little fable about a boastful stream.
  • Carbonarius et Fullo, a story about two incompatible professions.
  • Scrofa et Lupus, the story of the wolf who said he wanted to be the sow's midwife.
  • Lupus et Agnus, LaFontaine's take on the famous fable of the wolf and the lamb at the stream.
  • Pullus ad Margaritam, Phaedrus' account of the rooster who found a precious jewel, an allegory of his own poetry!
I've picked out my favorite one, Carbonarius et Fullo, the little story of the charcoal maker and the fuller (read about cloth fulling here), to share with you here in the blog - this one always reminds me of how my husband and I joke about how our votes cancel each other out every election day, Republican and Democrat that we are! :-)
Carbōnārius, quī spatiōsam habēbat domum, invītāvit fullōnem ut ad sē commīgrāret. Ille rēspondit, "Quaenam inter nōs esse possit societas? Cum tū vestēs, quās egō nitidās reddidissem, fūlīgine et maculīs inquinātūrus essēs. Haec fābula docet dissimilia nōn dēbēre coniungī.
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: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp - which is to say, you probably didn't do a very good job because you were "burning the midnight oil" as we say in English, trying to keep working long after your brain had gone to sleep!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post mala prudentior (English: Wiser after disasters)

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Vivis piscibus aqua, mortuis vinum (English: Water for the living fish, and wine for the dead ones - a funny little culinary metaphor!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nulla dies sit sine linea (English: No day without a line - a venerable old saying which can also stand as every modern blogger's motto!).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Porro a Iove atque fulmine (English: Far from Jupiter, and from his lightning bolt - which is to say, far from men in power and their metaphorical bolts of lightning; from Adagia 1.3.96).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Παρὰ τὰ δεινὰ φρονιμώτερος (English: After dreadful things, more wise - a Greek saying very much like the Latin saying above, coincidentally!).

For today's image, here is illustration of the fable Lupus et Agnus:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at