Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Round-Up: May 5

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 tertium Nonas 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 fox and the lion, Vulpes et Leo in Vinculis, to share with you here in the blog:
Leo comprehēnsus laqueō, tōtis vīribus vincula dīrumpere conābātur, quō autem māiōrī cōnātū laqueum trahēbat, eō arctius dētinēbātur. Vulpes illac iter habēns, cum hoc esset intuita: Non vīribus, inquit, mī rex, istinc ēvādēs, sed ingeniō: Relaxandus enim laqueus et dissolvendus, nōn trahendus est. Quod cum leo fēcisset, statim solūtō laqueō, quō erat astrictus, līber ēvāsit.
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: Ululas Athenas (English: You're carrying owls to Athens - the Greek equivalent of coals to Newcastle).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Per virtutem scientiamque (English: By means of excellence and knowledge - a good motto for students and teachers everywhere!).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Corvus corvo nigredinem obicit (English: One crow mocks another for being black - an animal version of the pot calling the kettle black).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non nobis solum nati sumus (English: We are not born for ourselves alone).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cum Care carizas (English: Play the Carian with someone from Caria; from Adagia 1.2.30 - the Greeks looked upon the Carians as barbarian low-lifes, so this proverb advises you to "play rough with ruffians," as it were).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὅστις δὶς ναυαγήσει μάτην μέμφεται Ποσειδῶνα (English: Whoever is shipwrecked a second time blames Poseidon in vain - the first time, of course, you might blame the gods, but the second time you have only yourself to blame!).

For an image today, I wanted to use this lovely photo of a Poseidon statue - in honor of today's Greek proverb. The statue is located in Virginia Beach, where they hold an annual Neptune Festival! (Photo by Neal Rattican.)

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at