Saturday, May 23, 2009

Round-Up: May 23

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 decimum Kalendas Iunias, which marks the Roman festival of Tubilustrium. 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 89, which features this great saying about sheep and wolves, metaphorically speaking: Incustoditum captat ovile lupus (When it is unguarded, the wolf raids the sheepfold).


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 one from today in honor of taking a drink once in a while: Aliud vinum, aliud ebrietas (English: Wine is one thing, drunkenness is another).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Optimus magister bonus liber (English: The best teacher is a good book). 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 Mare exhauris (English: You're trying to drink the sea dry... one of those proverbially impossible tasks).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Anxia divitiarum cura (English: Worrying about wealth brings frustration).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Ambulate dum lucem habetis ut non tenebrae vos comprehendant (John 12:35). 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 Horrescit gelidas felis adustus aquas (English: The cat who has been burned shudders even at ice-cold water... a variation on the idea of "once bitten, twice shy").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo (English: If I cannot sway the gods, I will move Acheron itself - a famous saying adapted from Vergil's Aeneid).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τυφλοῦται περὶ τὸ φιλούμενον ὁ φιλῶν (English: Someone who is in love goes blind when it comes to the thing he loves - in other words, "love is blind"). 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 VULPE ET LUPO (the story of the fox who needed the wolf's help to escape from a well). 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 Haedo et Lupo, the story of the young goat who wisely followed his mother's orders when she had to leave him at home alone. 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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