Friday, March 26, 2010

Round-Up: March 26

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 septimum 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, Canis et Cocus, to share with you here in the blog - remember that the Latin cor, heart, stood for intelligence - like "mind" or "brains" in English:
Cocō rēs solitās cūrante, Canis dicitur culīnam intrasse et pecudis cor rapuisse. Cocus Canem fugientem sērō secūtus vōce hāc: Praedo, haec furta impūne nunc facis, fugae ope; observābere tamen, ut cautius redeās - crēde, cor ipse nōn adimis, sed mihī dās.
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: Domi manendum (English: It's better to stay home - a nice use of the Latin "gerundive of necessity").

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Fide, non armis (English: By faith, not arms).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Qui lavat asinum, perdit aquam et saponem (English: The man who washes his donkey wastes the water and the soap).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Messis quidem multa, operarii autem pauci (English: The harvest is great but the workers are few).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ad Cynosarges (English: To the Cynosarges; from Adagia 3.1.70 - the Cynosarges was a public space just outside of Athens which was notorious for being a home to Cynic philosophers, and also to bastards and other undesirables - so being told to go to the Cynosarges was no compliment).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὀίκοι μένειν δεῖ τὸν καλῶς εὐδαίμονα (English: When someone is enjoying good luck, he should stay home - a nice variation on the same idea in the Latin proverb above; don't risk your luck by going out into the unpredictable world).

For an image today, here's an illustration for the story of the sow and the wolf, Scrofa et Lupus - the wolf's words may be friendly, but his claws look plenty dangerous!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at