Friday, April 10, 2009

Round-Up: April 10

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 quartum Idus 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 49, which features this saying from Plautus : Malleus sapientior manubrio. (The hammer is wiser than the handle).


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 one from today about keeping the future in mind: Quod est venturum, sapiens quasi praesens cavet (English: The wise man watches out for what is to come as if it were here right now).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Procul a Iove, procul a fulmine (English: Far from Jupiter, far from his thunderbolt). 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 Anus bacchatur (English: The old woman is partying! Like the saying we had a few days ago, anus saltat, this is another proverb about someone doing something very much out of character).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Vive in diem (English: Live for the day! A nice variation on the very familiar carpe diem).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Qui fodit foveam, incidet in eam (Ecc. 10:8). 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 Elephantus culicem non curat (English: An elephant doesn't worry about a gnat... in other words: don't sweat the small stuff, especially if you are a big guy!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Lydus ostium clausit (English: A Lydian has shut the door - even Erasmus admits to being a bit baffled by this one, but since Lydians were proverbial thieves in the ancient world, you should check to make sure nothing is missing after that door slams! Some sources suggest that this was a saying used of particularly stupid thieves - those who give themselves away by banging the door).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὄνος λύρας ἀκούων κινεῖ τὰ ὦτα (English: The donkey, listening to the lyre, moves his ears - what a coincidence, since this is also one of the proverbs I had "tweeted" today). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Aesopus Ning: Fables with Macrons: By popular request, I'm marking up the fables from Barlow's Aesop with macrons. So, today's fable with macrons is Fābula 6: Dē Accipitre et Lusciniā, the sad story of the nightingale caught by a hawk.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE HIRUNDINE ET ALIIS AVICULIS (the story of the birds who foolishly ignored the swallow's good advice). 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.

Florilegium Fabularum: I'm working my way, slowly but surely, through the amazing collection of fables by Irenaeus published in 1666. Today's fable is De Homine et Apolline, the story of the man who thought - wrongly - that he could fool the oracle of Apollo at Delphi. Here's an image of Delphi from Wikipedia:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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