Sunday, May 24, 2009

Round-Up: May 24

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 nonum 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 90, which features this great pair of sayings: Plures necat gula quam gladius (Gluttony has killed more people than the sword has - with a nice word play in Latin gula and gladius) and Plures necat crapula quam gladius (Hangover has killed more people than the sword has... although you don't usually die of hangover - you just might wish you did!).


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 that has a lot of wisdom even in a modern economy like ours: Paulum lucri, quantum damni (English: A little bit of profit, so much damage - in other words, we rarely figure in the REAL cost of what it takes to make a profit... although we are now at least trying to get a grip on the environmental costs of our profit-making enterprises).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Primordia cuncta pavida sunt (English: All beginnings are frightenin). 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 Serpentes tollent (English: They will lift up serpents - as famously stated in the Gospel of Mark).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Silentium stultorum virtus (English: Silence is the virtue of fools - or, as my husband always likes to say, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Nos debemus alterutrum diligere (I John 4:11). 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 vult caedere canem, facile invenit fustem (English: The person who wants to beat a dog easily finds a stick... a saying that is sadly true both literally and metaphorically).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Altius Oromedonte (English: Higher than Mount Oromedon - a mountain whose height became proverbial thanks to a poem by the poet Theocritus).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Γῆρας διδάσκοι πάντα, καὶ χρόνου τριβή (English: Old age teaches all things, as does a long stretch of time). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Fables with Macrons: I took a break today and organized a listing of all the Aesop's fables I can find with macrons using Delicious - you can find all the Aesop's fables with macrons listed here. If you know of any other online fables with macrons, let me know!

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LUPO OVIS PELLE INDUTO (the story of the wolf in sheep's clothing... who got caught!). 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 Mure et Fele, the story of how a cat tried to fool the mice by appearing to be harmless and friendly. Here's an illustration for the fable (image source) showing a very trusting mouse:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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