Friday, March 20, 2009

Round-Up: March 20

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 decimum Kalendas Apriles. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.


Heri Hodie Cras Podcast: Today's audio podcast is Latin Via Proverbs: Group 33, which features this saying about the equality of death: Dissimiles sed morte pares. (Unalike, but alike in death).


You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the website.

Proverbiis Pipilo: You can see my Twitter feed of Latin proverbs which I "tweet" while I am online each day (in English, too). Here's a recent one that I like very much: Iniuria non excusat iniuriam (English: One harm does not excuse another one; in other words - two words don't make a right). Twitter is continuing to have SERIOUS problems with dropped tweets, starting about two days ago. I hope they will get that fixed soon! Meanwhile, the missing tweets do show up if you search for "Aesopus" at - you can see where I was trying to duplicate some of the dropped items, until I finally gave up and have just decided to wait until the technical glitch is fixed.

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Medicus curat, natura sanat (English: A doctor administers the cure; nature does the healing - a great saying about the claims of medicine and the wonders of natural healing). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is Repetita iuvant (English: Things repeated are helpful/gratifying - a saying that fits people who are creatures of routine, like me, very nicely!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Tempus optima medicina (English: Time is the best medicine - a great saying to go with the proverb about the healing power of nature cited above).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Beati misericordes, quia ipsi misericordiam consequentur (Matt. 5:7). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Latin Animal Proverb of the Day: Today's animal proverb is Qui diligit ranam, ranam putat esse Dianam (English: He who loves a frog thinks that frog is the goddess Diana - a saying which loses its charm in translation, alas, without the rhyme of ranam/Dianam).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Naturam Minerva perficit (English: Minerva perfects nature - a claim about the powers of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and skill, and her claims to improve on nature, another good saying to pair with the proverb about natural healing above).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Γνῶθι σ' αὐτόν (English: Know yourself - a saying famously attributed to quite a few ancient philosophers, Socrates among them). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


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 De Hirundine et Aliis Aviculis, the story of the foolish birds who ignored the swallow's wise advice.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LEONE ET MURE (the story of the mouse who married a lion). 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 for this fable, where you will find links to the text, commentary, and a discussion board for questions and comments. If you look very closely in the image, you will see the poor little mouse being crushed under his bride's paw:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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