Although this is probably of most interest to Latin students/teachers, I am posting there here publicly just as an example of why I like blogging so much - it is a way to let a project evolve, accumulating content step by step, while sharing it with people along the way! That is what I have been doing with my Fabulae Faciles, easy Latin fables, blog: - Eventually I hope this "fabulae faciles" project might turn into a book in a couple of years, but in the meantime the blog can perhaps be useful, too. I got a request from one of my favorite Latin teachers, the wonderful +Robert Patrick , requesting an "easy fable of the day" widget that he could use with his students this year - and how could I say no to Bob and his students???! (Bob, if you read this here, maybe you will explain how you want to make use of the fables and explain about the commonplace book, which is such a cool thing, I think!)

So here is what I've done - and I'd really like some feedback from others:

1. So far, I had accumulated 169 fables in the blog (I blog here every other day and have been doing so for about a year, since my Mille Fabulae et Una book came out last summer; PDF copies of the book here - - if you want!).
2. In the existing blog posts, I have a fable that has been simplified for syntax, but not for vocabulary, segmented for easy reading, with a link to the source text I started with, and some kind of image as illustration.
3. What's new: yesterday evening I created an "Easy Fable of the Day" widget which displays in the blog sidebar (if you want the script, please take it! use it! details here: - and for teachers planning in advance, here is the schedule:
4. I am going to start annotating the easy fable of the day a couple of days in advance with a quick (I mean really quick, nothing fancy) vocab list, as you can see for today's fable: - the vocab is down at the bottom of the fable, and there's a link at the top which will open the vocab list in a separate tab

So, what do you all think? I am looking for ways to optimize the use of this content, without taking a lot of my time (I have so little time for Latin once school starts). Eventually, I am probably going to rewrite these fables to control for vocabulary the way I am controlling for syntax, but until I have a better grasp of what we can call truly basic vocabulary, I am not ready to do that yet… maybe next summer! Meanwhile, since I know the vocabulary is not always easy even though I have indeed tried to simplify the syntax, I would like to compensate for that now - will a vocab list like this do the trick?

By the way, I really hope the pictures can be a useful prompt! Sometimes it is just a photograph of one of the animals in the story, but often it is an actual illustration from an old edition of Aesop, very useful for Latin question-and-answer both before reading the story (to introduce key vocabulary first) and then again after the story, when you can see how the picture relates to the action of the plot. Some of the images, esp. the early Renaissance ones like the Medici Aesop and the Steinhowel, often contain multiple "scenes" in a single image which manage to actually show the plot of the story. :-)
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