Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Round-Up: May 19

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 quartum decimum Kalendas Iunias. 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 gods' justice, Homo, Mercurius et Formicae, to share with you here in the blog - it's a longer one, but well worth reading, something to think about every time you squash a mosquito, for example, this summer!
Nāve quondam ipsīs dēmersā cum vectōribus, spectātor quīdam deōs arguēbat aequōs nōn esse iūdicēs: ūnō sī quidem impiō ratem ingressō, innocentēs plūrimōs ūna cum illō interīrent. Quae dum loquerētur, simul, ut fert cāsus, multārum ad ipsum accessit agmen formīcārum, paleolās properantium rōdere trīticeās. Dē quibus ūna cum momordisset illum, plūrimās pede prōculcāvit. Tum adstāns Mercurius, et hominem virgula feriēns, Deinceps nōn patiēris, inquit, deōs esse vestrum iūdicēs, quālem tē praebēs formīcārum?
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 Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Aleam fuge (English: Keep away from the dice - in other words: don't gamble).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Labore et scientia (English: With hard work and knowledge).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Ulula cum lupis, cum quibus esse cupis (English: Howl with the wolves if you want to be one of them).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Si quis non vult operari, non manducet (English: If someone does not want to work, let him not eat).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Fuimus Troes (English: We were the Trojans... until, that is, Troy was no more; from Adagia 1.9.50).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἤως ὁρῶσα τὰ νυκτὸς ἔργα γελᾷ (English: Aurora videns noctis opera ridet - which is to say, the results of an all-nighter are bound to be disappointing!).

For an image today, here is an illustration for the story of the cat and the hen, Gallina et Feles:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at