Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Round-Up: April 20

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 duodecimum 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:
  • Upupa et Luscinia, Odo's little fable about how the nightingale regrets her visit to the hoopoe's nest.
  • Olla Duae, the story of two mismatched pots.
  • Camelus et Iuppiter, the story of the camel who thought he would look good with horns.
  • Bubo et Aquila, the story of the owl who wanted her chicks to serve as the eagle's courtiers.
  • Fringilla, the unfortunate fate of the finch who escaped from captivity only to meet her doom.
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of the unfortunate finch, Fringilla, to share with you here in the blog:
Auceps, cum Fringillam cēpisset ac fīlō pedem alligāsset, puerulō hanc dedit dōnō. Sed illa inter hominēs vītam nōn ferēns, ubī lībertātis spes aliqua sē obtulit, fugit et nōtīs nemoribus sē condidit. At īnscia fīlum subsecūtum rāmulīs implicat, et ultrā iam volāre nōn potest, et mortem reperit, dum servitūtem fugit. Damnum leve suffer, nē malum grave incurrās.
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: Sublimiora petamus (English: Let us seek higher things).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Iustitia virtutum regina (English: Justice is the queen of the virtues)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nemo non formosus filius matri (English: No one fails to be a beautiful son for his mother - a perfect moral for the story of the owl and the eagle, supra). 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: Male vivunt, qui se semper victuros putant (English: People who think they are going to live forever do a bad job of living).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Caudae pilos equinae paulatim vellere (English: Plucking the hairs of a horse's tail, one by one - which makes the job manageable, as opposed to trying to tear out the tail all at once; from Adagia 1.8.95).

For an image today, here is Francis Barlow's illustration for the story of the two pots carried away by the river, Olla Duae - but you have to look hard to find the pots!