Sunday, May 10, 2009

Round-Up: May 10

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 Idus 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 78, which features this great saying about true wealth: Maximae divitiae non desiderare divitias (The greatest wealth is not to desire wealth).


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 for the grey-haired foxes among us: Vulpes aetati fit astutior (English: With age, the fox becomes more sly).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Auream mediocritatem diligo (English: I cherish the golden mean). 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 Arenam metiris (English: You're counting the sand - something that could be considered a Sisyphean task!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Nil sine labore (English: nothing without effort - a motto I wish all my students could take to heart!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Omnibus mobilibus mobilior est sapientia (Wisdom 7:24). 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 Bovem asino non iunges (English: You're not going to yoke an ox to a donkey - an agricultural version of mixing apples and oranges).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Ne Iupiter quidem omnibus placet (English: Not even Jupiter can please everybody... a very comforting proverb for those of you who find yourself wanting to please everybody - and going bonkers in the process).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀργυρέαις λόγχαισι μάχου, καὶ πάντων κρατήσεις (English: Fight with silver spears, and you will be victorious over everyone... because money is a powerful weapon indeed!). 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 VULPE ET PARDO (the debate between the fox and the leopard on the nature of beauty). 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 Salice et Securi, the story of the unfortunate willow tree being split by wedges.

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 Rūsticō et Colubrō, the story of the farmer who foolishly took pity on a snake. As you can see in the illustration below, the results were not good!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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