Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Round-Up: May 20

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 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 86, which features this Latin equivalent of necessity being the mother of invention: Necessitas dat ingenium (Necessity bestows ingenuity).


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 the joys of the simple life... and the perils of McMansions: Parva domus, parva cura (English: Small house, small trouble).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Suus est mos cuique genti (English: There is for each nation its own custom). 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 Litteras disce (English: Learn your letters - another one of the pieces of advice attributed to Cato).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Omnia vincit amor (English: Love conquers all things - a saying put to good use by Chaucer!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Ubi plurimae segetes, ibi manifesta fortitudo bovis (Proverbs 14:4). 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 Vulpecula denuo non capitur laqueo (English: The fox is not caught again in the snare... in other words, you might catch her once by her own error - but not twice!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Agamemnonii putei (English: the wells of Agamemnon - this was a proverbial saying in the ancient world for some new and remarkable initiative, as Agamemnon supposedly dug wells at Aulis and other sites in Greece).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἤως ὁρῶσα τὰ νυκτὸς ἔργα γελᾷ (English: Dawn laughs when she sees the deeds of the night... a great saying for students who pull an all-nighter to write their term paper!). 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 VULPECULA ET CICONIA (the wonderful story of how the stork managed to outfox the fox, paying the trickster back in kind). 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 Lupo et Sucula, the story of the wolf who pretended to want to help the sow - luckily, the sow knew better! Here's an illustration for the fable (image source) from a 1479 edition of Aesop:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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