Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Round-Up: March 10

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 sextum Idus 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:
Here is the fable about the fox and the rabbit, Lepus et Vulpes, where the fox comes out in favor of mental agility, of course:
Lepus sēsē dignum reputābat, quī vulpī praeferrētur, quoniam longē illam pedum pernīcitāte superābat. Tunc vulpes: At ego, inquit, ingenium sum sortīta praestantius, quō saepius quam tū pernīcitāte tuā, canēs ēlūdō. Haec indicat fābula, corporis vēlōcitātem et vīrēs ab ingeniō longē superārī.
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: Beati mites (English: Blessed are the meek).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtus semper viridis (English: Excellence is always flourishing... although the English lacks the nice word play of the Latin).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Veniunt ad vos in vestimentis ovium; intrinsecus autem sunt lupi rapaces (English: They come to you in the clothing of sheep but inwardly they are ravening wolves).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Gallinaceum lac facile ibi inventu est (English: There is a place where hen's milk is easily found - which is to say, it's a utopia; Latin uses the phrase "hen's milk" as we use the phrase "hen's teeth").

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Vulcanium vinculum (English: The chains of Vulcan - which are most famous from their use in binding Ares and Aphrodite in bed together, of course; from Adagia The chains of Vulcan).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Θυμοῦ λόγος ἰατρός (English: Speech is the doctor of anger... in other words: talk about your frustrations; you'll feel better!).

For today's image, here is an illustration for the story of King Midas, Midas, Rex Phrygiae, showing King Midas with his daughter:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at