Sunday, April 5, 2009

Round-Up: April 5

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: Nonae Apriles, which is also the festival of Fortuna Publica. 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 Hirundine et Aliis Aviculis, the story of the foolish birds who did not listen to the wise swallow's advice.


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 for all teachers and students: Numquam satis discitur (English: You can never learn enough).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sicut oves in medio luporum (English: Like sheep in the midst of wolves). 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 Nuces relinque (English: Put aside the nuts - which is not about dieting, but instead about putting aside games and getting down to serious business; you can read more in the entry for nuces here).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Nemo effugit futurum (English: No one escapes what is to be; of course, our English word "future" is from the Latin future active participle, "what-will-be," futurum).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Omnis arbor quae non facit fructum bonum exciditur et in ignem mittitur (Matt. 3:10). 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 Non facile est taurum visa retinere iuvenca (English: It's no easy thing to hold back the bull once the heifer has been seen - with visa iuvenca being a great example of the delightful Latin ablative absolute).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Et in Arcadia ego (there's a marvelous Wikipedia article exploring the long history and significance of this Latin phrase).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀγροίκου μὴ καταφρόνει ῥήτορος (English: Don't look down on the rural orator). 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 1: Dē Leaenā et Vulpe, the story of the debate between the fox and the lioness.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE EQUO ET LEONE (the horse who saw through the lion's scheme). 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 Herinaceis Viperas Hospites Eiicientibus, the story of the evil hedgehogs as house-guests, whom Barlow has depicted here as porcupines:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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