Friday, April 24, 2009

Round-Up: April 24

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 octavum 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 63, which features this saying about life's ups and downs: Felix per omnia nullus est mortalium (No mortal is lucky in everything).


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 with a nice play on words: Melius est praevenire quam praeveniri (English: It is better to anticipate than to be anticipated).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Vade ad formicam, o piger! (English: Turn to the ant, you lazy person - a wonderful saying from the Biblical Book of Proverbs). 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 Troia fuit (English: Troy was - which is to say, it was, and is no more - Troy is a "has-been").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Mortalia facta peribunt (English: Mortal deeds will pass away - a saying from Horace's Ars Poetica).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Stultorum infinitus est numerus (Ecc. 1:15). 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 Navita de ventis, de bobus narrat arator (English: The sailor speaks of winds, the ploughman of his oxen - and note the form navita here, for nauta).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Lydus in meridie (English: A Lydian at noon - which is an allusion to the supposedly oversexed inhabitants of ancient Lydian, so eager in their pursuit of sexual pleasures that they would even indulge in such pursuits in the heat of midday).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὸν καπνὸν φεύγων, εἰς τὸ πῦρ ἔπεσον (English: Fleeing the smoke, I fell into the fire - something like the English saying, "out of the frying pan, into the fire"). 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 Leōne Amātōriō, the story of the lion in love.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE ANU ET ANCILLIS (a great story of unexpected consequences). 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 Lupo et Vulpe, the story of what happened when the fox and the wolf made their petitions to Jupiter. Here's an illustration for the fable (image source), showing a statue of Jupiter in the Vatican Museum:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

No comments: