Monday, March 22, 2010

Round-Up: March 22

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.

HODIE: ante diem undecimum Kalendas Apriles. 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 high-flying turtle, Tortuca et Aquila, to share with you here in the blog:
Tortūca, manēns in locīs ūmidīs et profundīs, rogāvit Aquilam, quod portāret eam in altum. Dēsīderāvit enim vidēre campōs, collēs et montēs et nemora. Aquila adquiēvit, Tortūcam in altum portāvit, et dīxit Tortūcae: Vidēs iam quae nunquam vīdistī, montēs et vallēs et nemora. Dīxit Tortūca: Bene videō; mallem tamen esse in forāmine meō. Et ait Aquila: Sufficit haec omnia tibi vidisse. Dīmīsit eam cadere, et tōta confracta est.
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: Discrimine salus (English: In a crisis, prosperity - a good motto for the hard times we are in right now!).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Via ovicipitum dura (English: The life of the eggheads is hard - a modern proverb coined by Adlai Stevenson).

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sapientis est mutare consilium (English: It is for the wise person to change his mind). 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: Citius venit periclum, cum contemnitur (English: Danger comes more quickly when it is not taken seriously - a proverb that might get us to figure out what to do about our dependence on fossil fuels, rather than dismissing the problem!).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Psaphonis aves (English: The birds of Psapho; from Adagia 1.2.100 - the adage refers to a man named Psapho who taught some birds to say "Great is the God Psapho!" and then released them into the wild; when people heard the birds, they started to worship a god named Psapho - ha!).

For an image today, here is an illustration of that greedy dog, Canis et Caro:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at