Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Round-Up: April 1

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: Kalendae Apriles. This was the day of the festival of Venus Verticordia. 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 45, which features this wonderful one-word motto: Excelsior (Higher! - the official motto of New York State).


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 which seems to me all too true: Bene cogitata saepe ceciderunt male (English: Things well planned have often turned out badly).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Post triduum hospitis satietas est. (English: Three days is enough of a guest - which is a more polite version of the saying about how a guest, like a fish, stinks after three days!). 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 Omnia praetereunt (English: All things pass - a fuller version in a poem by Columbanus reads: Omnia praetereunt, fugit irreparabile tempus; All things pass, time rushes by, irrecoverable).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Citius, altius, fortius (English: Swifter, higher, stronger - the motto of the Olympics).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Oculum pro oculo, dentem pro dente (Exod. 21:24). 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 Ars varia vulpi, ars una echino maxima (English: The fox has various tricks, while the hedgehog has one very great trick - a version of the famous "fox and hedgehog" of Archilochus).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Aethiops non albescit (English: The Ethiopian does not turn white - a motif you can find in an Aesop's fable and in an emblem of Alciato).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀιθίοψ οὐ λευκαίνεται (English: The Ethiopian does not turn white - believe me: a total coincidence that the Greek and Latin versions of this saying showed up as the same day - randomness is a weird thing indeed!). 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 PISCATORE ET PISCICULO (the story of the fisherman who caught a very tiny fish). 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 Catto et Vulpe, the story of the fox and her many tricks. Another total coincidence - this fable is the European descendant of Archilochus's fox and the hedgehog, with the hedgehog of Archilochus (see above) replaced by a cat:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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