Friday, May 21, 2010

Round-Up: May 21

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 duodecimum 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:
  • Pater et Filiae, a father is baffled by the opposite wishes of his daughters.
  • Formica et Scarabaeus, the ant refuses to help the starving dung beetle when winter comes.
  • Heros, a divine hero warns a man to stop making extravagant sacrifices.
  • Demades, the orator is outrage that his audience prefers Aesop's fables to his speech.
  • Homicida , a criminal is gobbled up by a Nile crocodile.
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of the dung beetle, Formica et Scarabaeus, to share with you here in the blog since it provides such a great twist on the familiar story of the ant and the cricket:
Formīca aestīvō tempore arva circumiēns, frūmentum ac hordeum colligēbat, sibique, ut vescī posset hieme, recondēbat. Hanc vidēns Scarabaeus, ingentem quidem eius labōrem atque sollicitūdinem est admīrātus, quod nīmīrum eō tempore, quō animālia cētera, labōre remissō, ōtia trahunt, ipsa contrā ita labōrī īnsūdāret. Ad haec Formīca tunc nihil rēspondit. Posteā vērō cum hiems advēnisset, atque fimus, nimiō imbre perfūsus, omnīno madefactus esset, Scarabaeus famē correptus ad eam sē contulit, ac, ut aliquid cibī daret, ēnixē rogāvit. Cui illa, sī tum, Sarabaee, escam tibi comparāssēs, cum mē labōrantem increpābās, nunc profectō nōn indigērēs.
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 vigilans (English: Always watchful - and that present active participle form words for men and women, no need to adjust the motto for your gender).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Vitae sal amicitia (English: Friendship is the salt of life)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Stercus optimum vestigium domini (English: The master's footstep is the best fertilizer). 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: Avarus damno potius quam sapiens dolet (English: The miser grieves over a loss more than the wise man does).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Tineas pasces (English: You're going to feed the moths; from Adagia 2.8.96 - a saying Erasmus finds in Horace).

For an image today, here is an illustration for the story of the man making too many sacrifices, Heros - it's a 5th-century BCE Greek vase painting by the so-called Pothos Painter: