Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Round-Up: March 30

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 tertium 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:
  • Ficus et Aves, the sad fate of the fig tree struck by lightning.
  • Canis et Ovis, the story of a sheep, wrongfully accused in court.
  • Zeno et Discipulus, which is not an Aesop's fable exactly - but it is very much in the spirit of Aesop.
  • Cattus, Leo et Convivium, a funny story about what happened when the lion served mice and rats to all the animals in order to make the cat feel at home.
  • Gallus et Iaspis, the story of a rooster who found a gem in the manure.
I've picked out my favorite one, the story about rats for dinner, Cattus, Leo et Convivium, to share with you here in the blog:
Contigit quod animālia invītāta sunt ā Leōne ad magnum prandium. Fuit invītātus Mūrilegus. Quaerēbat Leo quid libentius comederet, volēns singulīs satisfacere. Et ait: Rattōs et mūrēs. Cōgitāvit Leo: Nisi omnēs habērent de hōc ferculō, esset vīlānia. Tandem facit venīre ferculum generāle dē rattīs, et Cattus optimē comedit. Aliī murmurāvērunt, dīcentēs: Fi, fi! Quid appōnitur nōbīs? Et tōtum prandium propter hoc maculātum 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 SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Sollertia ditat (English: Cleverness brings wealth.... ah, if only it were that simple!).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Ut apes geometriam (English: As the bees their geometry - that is, with the natural and instinctive knowledge that allows bees to build hives of such geometric perfection)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Dimittis pullos sub custodia vulpis (English: You're leaving the chickens in the care of the fox). 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: Etiam capillus unus habet umbram suam (English: Even a single hair has its shadow - a saying which is even better in Latin, where capillus is a diminutive word, related to the word for head, caput).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Sus cum Minerva certamen suscepit (English: A pig has entered into a contest with Minerva - you know who is giong to win, of course; from Adagia 1.1.41).

For an image today, here is an illustration for the story of the sheep's day in court, Canis et Ovis:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.