Thursday, May 14, 2009

Round-Up: May 14

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 Idus Maias (the day before the ides of May). You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.


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 in honor of the end of the academic year: Praestat saepe dies, annus quod ferre recusat (English: Often a single day offers what a whole year has refused to deliver).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Discipulus est prioris posterior dies (English: The following day is the student of the previous day). 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 Ne nimium (English: Don't overdo! - the Latin can get away without even using a verb - don't overdo anything!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Frangit inertia vires (English: Lack of activity breaks your strength... a warning for me not to get too lazy this summer, ha ha).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei (Psalms 18:2). 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 Qui cum canibus concumbunt, cum pulicibus surgent (English: They who lie down with dogs will rise up fleas - a great saying indeed!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Cumani sero sapiunt (English: The people of Cumae realize their mistake too late - the people of Cumae being proverbial for their foolishness in the ancient world; in one notorious incident, they were fooled by a donkey in a lion skin).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Μήτε τυφλὸν ὁδηγὸν, μήτε ἀνόητον σύμβουλον (English: Don't choose a blind to guide you on the road, don't choose an idiot to be your advisor). 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 Dē Aquilā et Testūdine, the famous story of the tortoise and the hare.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LUPIS ET OVIBUS (the story of the treaty between the wolves and the sheep - and as chance would have it, there's another version of this same story in Irenaeus today; see below). 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 pace Lupos inter et Agnos, the story of the foolish sheep and their peace treaty with the wolves.

LIBELLUS NOVUS: Thanks to the good graces of Gary Bishop and his marvelous Tar Heel Reader project, I've created another "libellus latinus" online - this one uses images from a 10th-century Latin bestiary (you can even read the captions for the images in the Latin manuscript), supplemented with photographs: Bestiarium Latinum. If you look here, you can see where it says in a wonderfully clear hand, DE ELEFANTO.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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