Saturday, May 16, 2009

Round-Up: May 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Iunias. 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 82, which features this saying about the power of persevering, step by step - or drop by drop: Assidua stilla saxum excavat. (The steady drop hollows out the rock).


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 taking care of troubles as soon as they start: Omne malum nascens facile opprimitur (English: Every evil, as it is being born, is easy to squash).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is In praetoriis leones, in castris lepores (English: In the palace, lions; in the camp, rabbits). 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 Convivare raro (English: Party rarely - another one of Cato's monostichs).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Danaidum dolium exples (English: You're filling the jug of the daughters of Danaus - a fruitless task, since their jug has holes in it!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Melius est a sapiente corripi quam stultorum adulatione decipi (Ecc. 7:5). 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 Asinus asinum fricat (English: One donkey scratches another).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Semper Ilio mala (English: There's always trouble for Troy - just think of the woes that befall Priam and all his family).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Μὴ παιδὶ μάχαιραν (English: Don't {give} a sword to a child - Greek, like Latin, can do very nicely without the verb, using the cases of the nouns to convey the meaning). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Aesop's Fable Quizzes at Quia. I've added some new Quia quizzes for the Aesop's fable book. Here are the new additions - True or False Quizzes! Fable 1 Verum-Falsum, Fable 2 Verum-Falsum, Fable 3 Verum-Falsum, Fable 4 Verum-Falsum, Fable 5 Verum-Falsum, Fable 6 Verum-Falsum, Fable 7 Verum-Falsum, Fable 8 Verum-Falsum, Fable 9 Verum-Falsum, and Fable 10 Verum-Falsum.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE AUCUPE ET PALUMBE (the story of the bird-catcher who got more than he bargained for when he went out hunting). 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 Vulpes et Anguis, the story of what happened when the fox tangled with the snake.

Journey to the Sea: As some of you may know, I occasionally publish articles in this very nice little online journal managed by Randy Hoyt - this month, I've got an article entitled Christianizing Aesop: The Fables of Odo of Cheriton. I've really enjoyed publishing in this journal over the past year; here's a complete list of the articles I've contributed thus far.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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