Monday, May 11, 2009

Round-Up: May 11

In addition to the usual materials, I've also published a Color-Coded Guide to Chiasmus at one of my blogs. For those of you on the LatinTeach list, you'll know what prompted me to do this. For anybody else, you could consider this blog to be something like... Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Chiasmus, But Were Afraid to Ask...! Any comments and feedback would be much appreciated. My goal is to make sure that all the possible chiastic patterns (there seem to be three) are represented in the Guide.

HODIE: ante diem quintum Idus Maias, another one of the days of the Lemuria festival in ancient Rome. 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 79, which features this wonderful advice for perfections: Etiam prudentissimus peccat (Even the most careful person can make a mistake).


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 about families: Ut pater, ita filius; ut mater, ita filia (English: Like father, like son; like mother, like daughter).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Felix alterius cui sunt documenta flagella (English: Happy is the man for whom another man's lashings are a lesson). 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 Cedamus amori (English: Let us yield to love - a phrase from one of Vergil's Eclogues).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Amicus amicum adiuvat (English: Friend helps friend - or, as we might say in English: One friend helps another).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Amicus fidelis protectio fortis (Sirach 6:14). 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 Fugiens ursum, incidi in leonem (English: Fleeing a bear, I ran into a lion - an animal version of "out of the frying pan, into the fire").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Dives eram dudum, me fecerunt tria nudum: alea, vina, Venus (English: Formerly I was rich; three things have stripped me bare: dice, wine, and Venus - with the name of the goddess standing in for love; notice also the nice rhyme, dudum-nudum).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ξύλον ἀγκύλον οὐδέποτ' ὀρθόν (English: A crooked tree will never be straight). 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 RUSTICO ET SILVA (the story of the man who asked the trees to give him wood for an axe-handle). 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 Vulpe et Hirco, the story of a fox and a goat who got stuck in a well.

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 Equō et Asellō Onustō , the story of the horse who refused to help the donkey carry his load.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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