Friday, March 27, 2009

Round-Up: March 27

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 sextum 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 40, which features this great saying about learning from mistakes: Eventus stultorum magister est. (The outcome is the teacher of fools... in other words, a wise person doesn't have to wait to learn from his mistakes!).


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 nice rhyming proverb: Ora et labora, nam mors venit omni hora (English: Pray and work, for death approaches with each moment).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Noli numerare pullos antequam nascuntur (English: Don't count the chicks before they are born). 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 Dictum sapienti (English: A word to the wise - which is to say, a word to the wise is enough; unlike the fools in the proverb above, wise people can learn from a word of warning).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Nihil diu occultum (English: Nothing remains hidden for long - a moral that can be applied to the story of the goatherd and the goat with the broken horn).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Estis templum Dei vivi (II Cor. 6:16). 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 Incustoditum captat ovile lupus (English: The wolf seizes the sheepfold when it is left unguarded - a saying you can find in Ovid's Tristia).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Saguntina fames (English: The hunger of Sagentum - which is to say, a terrible hunger, from the infamous Siege of Sagentum, when Hannibal was able to capture Saguntum, thanks to the failure of Rome to come to the city's aid).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀεὶ γὰρ εὖ πίπτουσιν οἱ Διὸς κύβοι (English: The dice of Zeus always fall nicely - a fragment from a lost play by Sophocles). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LEONE SENE (the story of the donkey's revenge on the old 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.

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 Leone et Quattuor Tauris, the story of how the lion was able to divide and conquer the united bulls.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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