Monday, March 15, 2010

Round-Up: March 15-21

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.

Spring Break: I'll be out of town with very limited Internet access, but I've set up the fables to keep publishing while I'm gone, so visit the Ictibus Felicibus blog if you are feeling fable-deprived. There will be five new fables each day there even while I'm gone. :-)

HODIE: Idus Martiae, the Ides of March. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.

MORE 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 cat, the rat, and the cheese, Rattus, Murilegus et Caseus, to share with you here in the blog:
Quīdam habuit cāseum in arcā, et vēnit Rattus. Incēpit eum rōdere. Cōgitāvit paterfamilias quid faceret. Tandem habitō cōnsiliō, posuit intus Mūrilegum, et ille dēvorāvit Rattum et cāseum.
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: Firmus maneo (English: I remain steadfast - or, for us ladies, it would be Firma maneo).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Aurora Musis amica (English: Dawn is a friend to the Muses… which means you should get up early to do your best work - instead of burning the midnight oil!)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nocumentum documentum (English: A loss, a lesson). 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: Eripere telum, non dare irato decet (English: You should deprive an angry man of weapons, not donate them… very wise advice: I'm all for disarmament, both interpersonally and internationally!).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Camelus vel scabiosa complurium asinorum gestat onera (English: Even a mangy camel can bear the loads of many donkeys; from Adagia 1.9.58).

For an image today, take a look at the rabbits how are scared of the hunter and his dogs, and the frogs who are scared of the rabbits, Lepores et Ranae:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at