Friday, April 30, 2010

Round-Up: April 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: pridie 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, XXX, to share with you here in the blog - there is much here for us all to learn, whether or not we are contemplating a cloistered life:
Quīdam voluit claustrālem vītam dūcere. Dīxit Abbās: Laudēs haec ossa et benedīcās, dēmōnstrātō acervō ossium mortuōrum. Laudāvit igitur et benedīxit. Quō factō, ait Abbās: Benedīxistī ossibus? Rēspondit: Benedīxī. Quaerēbat Abbās: Quid rēspondērunt? Dīxit Iuvenis: Nihil. Iterum Abbās: Maledīcās et vituperēs. Quī sīc fēcit quantum potuit. Et ait Abbās: Maledīxistī? Et ait Iuvenis: Maledīxī. Et quaesīvit Abbās: Quid rēspondērunt? Et ait Iuvenis: Nihil. Ait Abbās: Frāter, tālem tē oportet esse ut, sī vērus monachus vīs fīerī, ita benedictiōnibus et maledictiōnibus nihil rēspondeās.
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: Sursum (English: Upwards - a great one-word proverb).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Facilia sapientibus cuncta (English: For the wise, all things are easy)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est unusquisque faber ipsae suae fortunae (English: Each and every person is the maker of his own luck). 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: Stultum est queri de adversis, ubi culpa est tua (English: It's stupid to complain about difficulties when the fault is yours).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Camelus desiderans cornua, etiam aures perdidit (English: Hoping for horns, the camel lost its ears, too; from Adagia 3.5.8 - an allusion to the Aesop's fable about the overly ambitious camel).

For an image today, here is an illustration for the story of the lion, the donkey and the rabbit, Leo, Asinus et Lepus:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at