Friday, February 19, 2010

Round-Up: February 19

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 undecimum Kalendas Martias. 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:
  • Ranae et Sol, the story of the threat posed to the frogs by some Aesopic global warming.
  • Alauda et Pulli, a long version of the famous story in Gellius of the lark and her chicks during the harvest season.
  • Fiber, a story of the beaver's desperate solution to save his life.
  • Astrologus, a story of the dangers of looking up and not paying attention to what's at your feet.
  • Simia et Vulpes, the poor monkey's plea to the fox for some tail with which to cover its bare bottom.
I've picked out my favorite one, the "global warming fable,, Ranae et Sol, to share with you here in the blog:
Rānae laetābantur, cum nuntiātum esset, sōlem uxōrem dūxisse. Sed ūna cēterīs prūdentior, "Ō vōs stolidōs! (inquit); nonne meministis, quantopere vōs saepe ūnīus sōlis aestus excruciet? Quid igitur fiet, cum līberōs etiam prōcreāverit?
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: Diligentia ditat (English: Diligence enriches).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nutrix curarum nox (English: Night is the nurse of worries - which is to say, you lie there awake at night, worrying, and your worries get bigger and bigger and bigger)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Medicus curat, natura sanat (English: A doctor administers the cure; nature does the healing). 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: Heu, dolor quam miser est, qui in tormento vocem non habet (English: Oh, how wretched is the pain which cannot speak out in its agony).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Veneri suem immolavit. (English: He's sacrificed a pig to Aphrodite - a big mistake, of course, since there is no love lost between the porcine race and Aphrodite - especially since that wild boar killed her beloved Adonis; from Adagia 3.1.30).

For today' s image, ere is an illustration for the story of the Astrologus from the emblems of Alciato:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at