Saturday, April 25, 2009

Round-Up: April 25

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 Kalendas Maias, which is the date of the ancient agricultural festival called the Rogigalia. 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 64, which features the famous saying about the fox and the hedgehog: Ars varia vulpi, ars una echino maxima (The fox has a variety of tricks; the hedgehog has just one very big trick).


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 I really liked, since I am a fan of accomplishing many little tasks, even if I am intimidated by big tasks: Melius est pisciculos cepisse quam desidia omnino torpere (English: It is better to have caught some teeny-tiny fish than to be totally paralyzed with laziness).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Audacem reddit felis absentia murem (English: The cat's absence makes the mouse grow bold). 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 Cognatos cole (English: Cherish your kinsmen - a saying from the famous Monostichs of Cato)

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Carcer numquam pulcher (English: Prison is never pretty - Latin carcer giving us the English word "incarceration").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Suavis est homini panis mendacii (Proverbs 20:17). 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 Elephantem saltare doces (English: You're teaching an elephant to dance... which is to say, you are engaging in a futile task - the elephant not being especially light on his feet).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Cyprio bovi merendam (English: lunch fit for a Cyprian bull - and Cyprian bulls were notorious for eating manure, so this fragment of Ennius refers to what is clearly not a very appetizing meal).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὄνος ἄγει μυστήρια (English: The donkey is carrying the icon - an allusion to the famous story of the donkey who thought the people were worshipping him, instead of the image of the goddess he was carrying). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE CATTA IN FEMINAM MUTATA (the story of what happened when Venus turned a cat into a woman). 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 Cornice et Cane, the story of the crow, the dog, and Athena. Here's an illustration for the fable (image source), showing the statue of Athena in the full-sized replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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