Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Round-Up: May 13

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 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.


Dictum Sapienti: I've done up a page for the very beginning stages of the Latin composition via proverbs book. It's got an overview of chiasmus, and a guide to writing your own chiastic proverbs! If you have comments or suggestions, let me know - I hope to be sharing more of these Latin composition pages over the summer.


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 solipsistic thinking: Cum sit fur, alios esse fures suspicatur (English: Since he is a thief, he suspects others are thieves too).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Bos currum trahit, non bovem currus (English: The ox pulls the cart, not the cart the ox). 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 Magistrum metue (English: Fear the teacher! This is one of Cato's Monostichs).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Ira initium insaniae (English: Anger is the beginning of insanity - although the English lacks the charm of the triple alliteration of the Latin).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Tempus spargendi lapides et tempus colligendi (Ecc. 3:5). 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 Pisces minutos magni comedunt (English: The big fish eat the little ones).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Ne Hercules quidem adversus duos (English: Not even Hercules takes on two opponents... he takes those labors one at a time!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐν ὀίνῳ ἀλήθεια (English: In wine, truth - a saying very famous in its Latin version, of course: In vino veritas). 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 PASTORIS PUERO ET AGRICOLIS (the famous story of the boy who cried "Wolf!"). 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 Turdo, the story of the thrush and the bird-lime.

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 Gallo Gallināceo, the story of the rooster who found a jewel in the manure.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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