Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Round-Up: April 29

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 tertium 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 68, which features this great legal maxim, with a double-dative no less: Cui bono? (For whose benefit?).


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 one from today with a great bit of Latin wordplay with reg: Si animo regeris, rex es; si corpore, servus (English: If you are guided by the mind, you are a king; if by the body, a slave).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ne capra contra leonem (English: A goat should not mess with a lion). 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 Camelus saltat (English: The camel is dancing... and as Aesop informs us, this was not a pretty sight).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Fumus, ergo ignis (English: Smoke, therefore fire - in other words, "where there's smoke, there's fire").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Vade retro me, Satana (Mark 8:33). 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 Mus non uni fidit antro (English: A mouse doesn't put his trust in just one hole - even the mouse knows it's important to keep your options open!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Qui diligit ranam, ranam putat esse Dianam (English: When someone loves a frog, he things the frog is the goddess Diana... which is definitely one you have to read in Latin for the rhyme!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐξ ἴσου δίδου πᾶσιν (English: Give to all equally - "eks isou," like an isosceles triangle!). 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 Vitulā et Bove, the story of the carefree heifer and what happened to her as a result. For more about the hard-working ox, see the story below about the ox and his horns.

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 Bove cornua petente, the story of the story of the ox who thought he wanted horns!

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE SOLE ET VENTO (the story of the contest between the Sun and the Wind). 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. Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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