Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Round-Up: February 3

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 Nonas 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:
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of the stinky hoopoe, Upupa Honorata, to share with you here in the blog:
Invitātae ferē omnēs avēs ad Aquilae nuptiās indignē ferēbant upupam cēterīs praeferrī, quia corōnā īnsignis esset et versicolōribus pennīs ornāta, cum semper inter stercora et sordēs solita esse volūtārī. Haec fābula stultitiam eōrum arguit, quī in hominibus honōrandīs, potius vestium nitōrem praestantiamque formae quam virtūtēs mōrēsque soleant attendere.
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: Minori parce (English: Be tolerant to your subordinate... a lesson lost on the cat in the fable above!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Corde et manu (English: With heart and hand).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora (English: Eggs today are better than chicks tomorrow... a thought-provoking variation on not counting your chickens: this one tells us to appreciate our eggs!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cui multum datum est, multum quaeretur ab eo (English: Much is expected from him to whom much is given).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Sui cuique mores fingunt Fortunam (English: Each man's habits make his own Fortune; from Adagia 2.4.30).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Σίδηρον πλεῖν διδάσκεις (English: You're trying to teach iron to swim... which is one of those notorious fool's errands).

Today's image is a photo showing a stinky hoopoe with its truly beautiful crest (image source):

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at