Thursday, April 23, 2009

Round-Up: April 23

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 nonum 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 62, which features this nice cosmopolitan saying: Patria mea totus mundus est (My homeland is the whole world).


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 benefits of teaching: Si vis scire, doce (English: If you wish to know - teach!).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Perdimus anguillam dum manibus stringimus illam (English: We lose the eel as we are squeezing it between our hands). 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 Nil desperandum (English: There is nothing to despair of - in other words: keep hoping!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Naturae convenienter vive (English: Live in accordance with Nature - a saying adopted by the philosopher Immanuel Kant).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Quis ex vobis patrem petet piscem, numquid pro pisce serpentem dabit illi? (Luke 11:11). 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 Vae miseris ovibus, iudex lupus est (English: Alas, poor sheep; the judge is a wolf - which you can also find in this fuller form, Vae miseris ovibus, iudex lupus est ubi saevus, "Alas, poor sheep, when the judge is a savage wolf!").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Decet timeri Caesarem (English: It is right that Caesar should be feared - a saying adapted from Seneca's Octavia).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὤδινεν ὄρος, εἶτα μῦν ἀπέτεκεν (English: The mountain was in labor, and then it gave birth to a mouse). 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 Dē Vulpēculā et Cicōniā, the story of how the stork managed to get her revenge on the fox.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LEONE ET QUIBUSDAM ALIIS QUADRUPEDIBUS (the famous story of the lion's share). 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 Iove et Serpente, the story of the snake who offered a rose to Jupiter as a present, but was refused. ere's an illustration for the fable (image source) - just look at the stamp on the far left, which provides an illustration of the story:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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