Saturday, February 6, 2010

Round-Up: February 6

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 octavum 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:
I've picked out my favorite one, Ulmus et Siler, Abstemius's little fable in praise of flexibility, to share with you here in the blog:
Ulmus in rīpā flūminis nāta, sīler sibi proximum irrīdēbat ut dēbile et invalidum quod ad omnem vel levissimum undārum impetum flecterētur, suam autem firmitātem et rōbur magnificīs extollēbat verbīs quod multōs annōs assiduōs amnis impetus inconcussa pertulerat. Semel autem maxima undārum violentia ulmus perfracta trahēbātur ab aquīs, cui sīler rīdēns inquit: Cūr mē dēseris, vicīna? Ubī est nunc fortitūdo tua?
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: Bono benefacito (English: Do good to the good - and note the nice future imperative, commonly found in proverbs and mottoes).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtute, non ferocia (English: With force, not fierceness - the ablative virtute lets us know that ferocia must be ablative also).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Qui caret asino, clitellam ne quaerat (English: If you don't have a donkey, don't go looking for a pack-saddle... a proverb that still holds true metaphorically even if we're not hauling loads on donkeys nowadays).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Expectavimus pacem, et ecce turbatio (English: We expected peace, and behold, the whirlwind).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Delius natator (English: A swimmer from Delos; from Adagia 1.6.29; Delos was famous for its swimmers, and a Delian swimmer was someone who could make their way through any passage, no matter how rough).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πενίν σοφίην ἔλαχεν (English: Poverty has been allotted wisdom).

For today's image, I chose this illustration (image source) for the story of the fly and the mule, Musca et Mula:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at