Thursday, April 22, 2010

Round-Up: April 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. Plus, you can find some Latin "pipilationes" at my Proverbia Latina feed.

HODIE: ante diem decimum Kalendas Maias. 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 would-be Alcestis, Femina, Maritus et Mors, to share with you here in the blog:
Fēmina, Marītum vidēns morbō ācerrimō gravātum, ut quī iam ferē succumberet, lamentābātur; ait: Mors dūra, barbara! An Coniugem meum mihi ēripere poteris? Dēsiste, ah! Vel sī tibi victimam mactārī dēnique oportet, ēn, victima adest; venī. Excitāta hīs questibus, Mors advenit: at mulier trepida ait: Tē huc advocāvī nōn ut mē tolleret; victimam cape, ēn iacet.
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.

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Disce ferenda pati (English: Learn to endure what must be borne).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Pecunia impetrat omnia (English: Money accomplishes all things).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Praesens malo datum quam promissum geminatum (English: I prefer a gift here and now as opposed to a two-fold promise - kind of like "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush").

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Aquae furtivae dulciores sunt, et panis absconditus suavior (Proverbs 9:17). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Viri infortunati procul amici: The friendes of an infortunate person be farre of. Whan Fortune ones beginneth to fayle thee, anone thy friendes are gone.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from the rhyming sayings collected by Wegeler, with a word list at
Qui plus expendit, quam rerum summa rependit,
Non admiretur, si paupertate gravetur.
English: "If someone spends more than the sum total of his assets, it wouldn't come as a surprise if he should be weighed down by poverty." There's some medieval advice about not abusing your credit card!

Today's image is an illustration for the fable of the golden eggs, Gallina Auripara:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at