Friday, April 9, 2010

Round-Up: April 9

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 quintum Idus Apriles. 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 frog who wasn't smart enough to take her friend's advice, Ranae Duae, to share with you here in the blog - watch out for those cart wheels!
Rānae duae vīcīna loca incolēbant, altera palūdem profundam, altera lacūnulam iuxtā viam, in quā modicum aquae substitierat. Tum illa palūdis inhabitātrix hortārī alteram, ad sē ut commīgrāret, ubī multō tūtiōrem vītam dēgere licēret. Haec vērō negāre sē posse āvellī ā cōnsuētō domiciliō atque locō. Paulō post, nihil metuentem plaustrī rotae contrīvērunt.
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: Semper fidelis (English: Always faithful - a motto famously abbreviated by the Marines as "Semper fi").

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Improvisa leti vis (English: Unexpected is the power of death).

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est avis in dextra melior quam quattuor extra (English: A bird in the right hand is better than four outside). 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: Quemcumque quaerit calamitas, facile invenit (English: When disaster seeks someone, she finds him easily... even if you try to hide!).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Camelus saltat (English: The camel is dancing - which is a bit like our saying about the "bull in the china shop" - since the camel is a proverbially bad dancer; from Adagia 2.7.66).

For an image today, here is an illustration to the famous story of the goat and the fox in the well, Vulpes et Hircus:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at