Friday, February 12, 2010

Round-Up: February 12

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: pridie 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:
  • Anguis et Lima, the story of a persistent but foolish serpent.
  • Hircus et Vitis, how the vine cursed the goat for nibbling.
  • Corvus, the story of a crow who couldn't restrain his happiness.
  • Pastor et Capella, Phaedrus's little story of the shepherd who broke the horn of one of the goats.
  • Aves et Reges, the story of the she-crow who wisely rejects the idea of having many kings.
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of the vine and the goat, xxx, to share with you here in the blog:
Cum vītis pampinōs ēderet, eōs arrōdēbat hircus; quod dum faceret, ita eum increpat vītis: "Cūr tū mea folia carpis? Nonne satis superque herbārum?" Cum autem vītem dēpascere pergeret hircus, "Quantum potest (inquit vītis) mihi nocētō; egō tamen vinī tantum tulerō, quantum, tē mactātō, ad lībandum diīs satis fuerit."
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 Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Spem sequimure (English: We follow hope - although the alliteration is such an important part of the Latin version).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Iovis omnia plena (English: All things are full of Jupiter)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Cogito, ergo sum (English: I think, therefore I am). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Consilio melius vincas quam iracundia (English: With planning you might better conquer than with anger).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Nova hirundo veris est initium (English: The new swallow is the beginning of spring - although we still have a while to wait I'm afraid, with patches of snow still on the ground; from Adagia 1.6.59).

For today's image, here is a portrait of Descartes, the famous author of Cogito ergo sum (see above) - Renatus Des Cartes, as you can see from the cover of this book in Latin:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at