Saturday, January 24, 2009

Round-Up: January 24

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.

Comenius - Lexicon Project: BIG NEWS - Evan discovered a brand-new digitized version of the Lexicon Januale (the beginner's lexicon - not the Atriale) which he has now added to the wiki in its entirely. This is quite amazing! We are also making great progress on the Atriale - with 163 pages already digitized! (That is out of a total of appx. 800 pages in the whole Lexicon.) For those of you who would like to get involved, you can find out more at the Lexicon wiki, which also includes easy step by step instructions for getting started. Thanks to everybody who has been helping out with this: and special thanks to the PULCHRAE, the students of Ann Martin, who have been working on the project! Gratias agimus Pulchris!!!

Proverbiis Pipilo: You can see my Twitter feed, full of proverbs while I am online each day - here's a recent one I really liked about living for today: Sera nimis vita est crastina, vive hodie.

Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Libri muti magistri sunt (English: Books are mute teachers - of all the Latin proverbs, this is one of my personal favorites!). You can use the Javascript to include the Latin proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog. Meanwhile, to read a brief essay about this proverb, visit the website.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τροχίλος θεραπεύει κροκόδειλον (English: The trochilus bird attends to the crocodile - a bit of natural history which may be more fantasy than fact, as you can read in this Wikipedia article). You can use the Javascript to include the Greek proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - and each Greek proverb also comes with a Latin version.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LEONE, ASINO ET GALLO (a great story about a foolish donkey!). You can use the Javascript to include the fable of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - meanwhile, to find out more about today's fable, visit the Ning Resource Page, where you will find links to the text, commentary, as well as a discussion board for questions and comments.

Latin Via Fables: Simplified Fables: I'm now presenting the "Barlow Aesop" collection, fable by fable, in a SIMPLIFIED version (same story, but in simpler sentences) - with a SLIDESHOW presentation to go along with it, too. Today's Simplified fable is Fable 10: Rusticus et Silva, the story of the trees who foolishly gave the man some wood to use as a handle for his axe.

Bestiaria Latina Podcasts: Today's audio podcast is Fabula: De Lupo Ovis Pelle Induto, a story based on the idea of the wolf in sheep's clothing... with a really powerful illustration by Barlow, as you can see here: look closely and you will see the wolf!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at!

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