Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Round-Up: April 15

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Maias. 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 54, which features this admirable saying: Nihil gratius pace (There is no thing more welcome than peace).


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 about the famous wheel of Fortune: Cum favet Fortuna, cave, namque rota rotunda (English: When Fortune shows favor, beware, for her wheel is round).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Aquilam volare doces (English: You are teaching an eagle to fly). 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 Beati mites (English: Blessed are the meek - as you can read in the Sermon on the Mount).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Dies levat luctum (English: A day lightens the grief - something like "time heals all wounds").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Cor hominis disponet viam suam sed Domini est dirigere gressus eius (Proverbs 16:9). 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 Vade ad formicam, o piger, et considera vias eius et disce sapientiam (English: Go to the ant, you lazy person, and consder her ways and learn wisdom - a wonderful animal saying from the Biblical Book of Proverbs).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Laves Peliam (English: You would be giving Pelias a bath - which is to say, pretending to do someone a favor while plotting their destruction, just as Medea tricked Pelias).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Παρὰ ποταμὸν φρέαρ ὀρύττε (English: He's digging a well next to the river - something a bit similar to the proverb about teaching an eagle to fly, supra). 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 11 : Dē Rūsticō et Arātrō Suō, the story of the man who prayed to Hercules when his cart was stuck in the mud.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE SATYRO ET VIATORE (the story of a satyr who rescued a man in the snow). 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 Fabula 6. De Ape et Iove, the story of the bee who asked Jupiter for a stinger. Here's an illustration for the fable from a 1479 edition of Aesop (image source) - look at that big bee! Ouch!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

No comments: