Thursday, May 13, 2010

Round-Up: May 13

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.

Here's something new - a Latin proverbs "slideshow" that I've prepared to go with Justin Schwamm's new Tres Columnae online Latin courses - what do you think? You can find out more about this new proverb project here: Lectio Prima: Mater in Proverbiis.

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus 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 overprotective monkey mother, De Simia et Natis, to share with you here in the blog - and there's a great illustration below:
Sīmia, ut ferunt, cum peperit gemellōs, alterum dīligit, alterum negligit, erat puerpera cum gemellīs, atque cum incidisset terror, vītātūra perīculum, dīlectum prehendit ulnīs. Quem, dum praeceps fugitat, collīdit petrae, atque ēnecat: neglectus autem, quī in hirsūtō haeserat tergō fugientis, mānsit incolumis.
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 Nitor in adversum (English: I struggle against adversity).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Orta omnia cadunt (English: All things that rise up fall).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Est homo vix natus ex omni parte beatus (English: Hardly any man is born blessed in every way).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei (Psalms 18:2). 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: Multis ictibus deiicitur quercus: With many strokes is an Oke overthrowen. Nothing is so strong, but by little and little may be brought downe. Wherfore yong men ought not to be discouraged by the greatnesse of an enterprise, so it be honest, for by continuance, seme it never so hard, it may be reclaimed and overcome.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from the rhymes collected by Wegeler, with a word list at
Ridenti domino nec caelo crede sereno,
Ex facili causa dominus mutatur et aura.
English: "Trust not a smiling master or a clear sky; the master changes easily as does the wind." Of course, it's easy to get excited about the good weather or a happy boss - but be careful!

For an image today, here is an illustration for the story of the monkey mother, De Simia et Natis: