Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Round-Up: April 22

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 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 61, which features this saying in praise of knowledge: Ipsa scientia potestas est (Knowledge itself is the power - that is, the power to do things: potest, "it can").


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 good one for Earth Day today: Plantate hortos et comedite fructum eorum (English: Plant gardens, and eat their fruit).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Cogito, ergo sum (English: I think, therefore I am - that famous motto of Descartes). 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 Nulli praeda (English: A prey to nobody - a popular family motto, appropriately defiant!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Cui fidas vide (English: Watch whom you trust - a wise saying you can also find in this fuller form: Fide, sed cui fidas, vide!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Aquae furtivae dulciores sunt, et panis absconditus suavior (Proverbs 9:17). 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 Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit (English: The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn - a saying you can find in Horace).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Carthago delenda est (English: Carthage must be destroyed - Cato's famous slogan).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πρὸς λέοντα δορκάδες συνάπτουσι μάχας (English: The deer are engaging in battle against a lion - which is to say, they have taken on an opponent whose fighting prowess far exceeds theirs!). 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 18: Dē Accipitre Columbam Insequente, the story of the hawk who was himself caught as he tried to catch a dove.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE CATTO ET VULPE (the story of how the fox's whole bag of tricks failed her, while the cat was saved by one very good trick). 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 milvo aegrotante, the story of the kite's death-bed reptentance. Here's Barlow's illustration for the fable (image source):

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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