Saturday, April 4, 2009

Round-Up: April 4

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: pridie Nonas Apriles. This is the beginning of the Ludi Megalenses of ancient Rome, held every April in honor of the Magna Mater.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 Fabula: De Quercu et Arundine, a story in praise of flexibility, both literal and metaphorical.


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 - just think of Oedipus: Multi ad fatum venere suum dum fata timent (English: Many have met their own fate while fearing the fates).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ut pictura poesis (English: Poetry is like a painting, a saying made famous by Horace's Ars Poetica). 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 Anguillas captas (English: You're grasping eels... which is to say: what you've got hold of is going to wriggle out of your grasp very soon!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Deus omnia dirigit (English: God directs all things - a saying you can find in Thomas Aquinas).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Lapides excavant aquae (Job 14:19). 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 Scelerosum mordeat et mus (English: Even a mouse would bite a criminal - note the nice adverbial use of et to reinforce the message of the saying).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Caesar, memento te mortalem esse! (English: Caesar, remember that you are mortal - a phrase associated with the Roman triumph, although you will find many variations in the exact phrasing of the idea).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἰχθὺν νήχεσθαι διδάσκεις (English: You are teaching a fish to swim... which is foolish, of course: if there is one thing fish know how to do, it is how to swim!). 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 LUPO ET AGNO (the famous story of the wolf and the lamb at the stream). 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.

Latin Via Fables: Simplified Fables: I'm now presenting the "Barlow Aesop" collection, fable by fable, in a SIMPLIFIED version (same story, but in simpler sentences) - with a SLIDESHOW presentation to go along with it, too. Today's Simplified fable is De Catta in Feminam Mutata, the wonderful story of what happened when Venus turned a cat into a woman - if you look closely you will Venus in her celestial chariot in the upper left-hand corner:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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