Thursday, April 29, 2010

Round-Up: April 29

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.

HODIE: ante diem tertium 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 poor man's dowry, Asinus et Vinum, to share with you here in the blog:
Vir quīdam pauper, cui praeter vīnī dōlium et asinum nihil erat, fīliam ūnicam cuidam spoponderat adolescentī, paulum nesciō quid pollicitus dōtis, quam ex vīnī et asinī pretiō (cōnstituerat enim haec vēnumdare) contrahere posse arbitrābātur. Sed sequentī, quā spōnsālia facta sunt, nocte asinus obiit, et inter moriendum, fractō calcibus dōliō, vīnum effūdit. Fābula indicat, nullam in rēbus cadūcīs spem habendam.
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 Non ducor, duco (English: I am not led; I lead - a wonderful motto of self-determination).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Dies levat luctum (English: The day alleviates grief - something like our English saying "time heals all wounds").

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Te modicum iacta, quoniam probat exitus acta (English: Keep your boasting within limits, since it is results which commend your deeds).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Vade retro me, Satana (Mark 8:33). 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: Omnia idem pulvis: Al is one self dust or asshes. From earth wee came, and to earth wee shall. Yea the scripture saith that asshes wee be, and to asshes we shall reverte. Nowe amongest asshes or dust I pray you, what greate difference is ther? How will ye discerne the asshes of a Kinge, or an Emperour, of a Duke, of a great Bishop, from the asshes of a cobler, yea of a begger.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from Cato's Distichs, with a word list at
Cum sis incautus nec rem ratione gubernes,
Noli Fortunam, quae non est, dicere caecam.
English: "When you are reckless and carelessly conduct your affairs, don't say that Fortune is blind - for she is not." In other words: don't blame the caprice of Lady Luck for your own carelessness! :-)

For an image today, here is an illustration to go with the story Ciconia et Cattus, showing a medieval stork catching her supper: