Friday, March 5, 2010

Round-Up: March 5

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 Nonas 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:
I've picked out my favorite one, the joke about Alexander and Apelles, Alexander et Apelles, to share with you here in the blog:
Alexander contemplātus imāginem suam, quam Apelles, celeberrimus pictor, pinxerat, minus laudāvit pictūram, quam ille expectāverat. Cum autem introductus equus adhinnīret equō pictō, quasi etiam hic vērus esset equus, tum Apelles: Ō rex (inquit), equus tuus artis pingendī perītior esse vidētur quam tū.
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: Perculsus elevor (English: Though struck, I lift myself up - a good motto about "bouncing back").

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nihil annis velocius (English: Nothing is more swift than the years)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Quam felix vita transit sine negotiis (English: How happily life passes by without business to do). 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: Malum ne alienum feceris tuum gaudium (English: Don't find your joy in another's misfortune).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Asinus balneatoris (English: The bathkeeper's donkey - who famously does not ever get to take a bath, even while working hard at the bathhouse; from Adagia 4.4.50).

Here's a nice image to go with the story of Alexander and the horse in Apelles's painting, Alexander et Apelles - even if this is a Roman mosaic from Pompei, rather than a painting by Apelles!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at