Thursday, February 11, 2010

Round-Up: February 11

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 tertium 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:
Although it's a bit long, I have to share the story of the devil and the criminal, Vir Malignus et Daemon, here with you in the blog - very funny!
Vir malignus cum plūrima perpetrāsset scelera et saepius captus et carcere conclūsus arctissimā et pervigilī custōdiā tenerētur, Daemōnis auxilium implōrat quī saepenumerō eī adfuit et ē multīs eum perīculīs līberāvit. Tandem iterum dēprehēnsō et solitum auxilium implōrantī daemon magnum calceōrum pertūsōrum fascem super humerōs habēns esse nōn possum, tot enim loca prō tē līberandō hactenus perāgrāvī ut hōs omnēs calceōs contrīverim. Nulla enim mihi superest pecūnia quā aliōs valeam comparāre. Quārē pereundum est tibi. Haec admonet fābula nē existimēmus nostra semper impūnīta fore peccāta.
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 Misceo iocis seria (English: I mix serious matters with joking ones - very much a motto that suits me just fine!).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Patientia vincit omnia (English: Patience conquers all).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Disce bonos mores, sic te comitantur honores (English: Learn good habits; in this way public esteem can be yours).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Dominus dedit; Dominus abstulit (Job 1:21). 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: Nosce teipsum: Knowe thy selfe. Plato ascribeth this divine sentente unto Apollo. But whose sayenge so ever it was, certes it is both true and godley, and worthy of Christen men to be continuallie borne in minde.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from Cato's Distichs, with a word list at
Iratus de re incerta contendere noli:
Inpedit ira animum, ne possis cernere verum.
English: "If you're angry, don't get in an argument about something less than certain; anger constrains the mind so you cannot tell what is true." Ah, if only the talk show radio hosts would follow this fine piece of advice!

For today's image, here is the illustration of the fable of the sun and the frogs, Sol et Ranae:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at