Sunday, April 26, 2009

Round-Up: April 26

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 sextum 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 65, which features this fine saying in praise of wisdom: Nemo nisi sapiens liber est (No one is free, unless he is wise).


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 nice rhyming one from today: Doctrinae cultus nemo spernit nisi stultus (English: No one rejects the cultivation of learning, unless he is a fool).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Et canis in somnis vestigia latrat (English: A dog also barks at the trail when dreaming). 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 Meliora speranda (English: Better things are to be hoped!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Conscientia mille testes (English: Your conscience is a thousand witnesses).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Unusquisque in arte sua sapiens est. (Sirach 38:31). 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 Asinus stramen mavult quam aurum (English: A donkey prefers straw to gold - something like the rooster in the Aesop's fable who prefers barley to pearls).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Cupido, quantus es! (English: Cupid, how great you are! - a saying from Plautus).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἄπληστον τὸ διὰ παντὸς κέρδος (English: Desire for profit is always insatiable). 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 21: Dē Equō et Asinō, the story of the proud horse and the humble donkey.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE HERINACEIS VIPERAS HOSPITES EIICIENTIBUS (theh wonderful story of the hedgehogs as houseguests in the vipers' den). 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 Bubulco et Leone, the story of the cowherd who thought he wanted to find the lion who had raided his herd. Here's an illustration for the fable (image source):

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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