Friday, February 5, 2010

Round-Up: February 5

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: Nonae Februariae, the Nones of February! 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 sad story of the foolish doves, Accipiter et Columbae, to share with you here in the blog:
Columbae accipitrem rēgem accipiunt, milvī bella pulsūrum. Rēx magis hoste nocet. Dē rēge querī incipiunt, quod sānius esset milvī bella pati, quam sine Marte morī. Sī quid agās, prūdenter agās et rēspice fīnem. Minōra ferre volō, nē graviōra feram.
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: Iustitia omnibus (English: With justice for all).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Res forma fugax (English: Beauty is a fleeting thing - and note the intricate word order of the Latin!)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ubi triticum non est, ibi non est farina (English: Where there is no wheat, there is no flour). 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, quam multa paenitenda incurrunt vivendo diu (English: Oh, how many things you come to regret by living a long time).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Scarabeus aquilam quaerit (English: The beetle is looking for the eagle; from Adagia 3.7.1 - alluding to the famous Aesop's fable about the beetle's vengeance).

For today's image, here's an illustration of Scarabeus aquilam quaerit, taken from Alciato's emblems (image source), as published in 1542:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at