Monday, May 25, 2009

Round-Up: May 25

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 octavum 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 91, which features this saying which is alluded to by Lady Macbeth herself: Felis amat pisces sed aquas intrare recusat (The cat loves fish, but refuses to go into the water).


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 about exotic pets, both real and metaphorical: Non oportet in urbe nutrire leonem (English: You should not raise a lion in the city. (Latine:

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin saying is actually an ANGAGRAM - Virgo serena, pia, munda et immaculata (English: air virgin, pious, pure, and unstained). To find out what words are hidden inside the anagram, and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is Neglegenda mors (English: Death is to be disregarded).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Iniuria solvit amorem (English: An injury undoes the bonds of love - something like that notorious line at the end of Love Story - love means never having to say you're sorry).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Vade ad formicam, o piger, et considera vias eius et disce sapientiam (Proverbs 6:6). 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 Multa novit vulpes sed echinulus magnum unum (English: The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one great thing - a saying based on the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Alter Ianus (English: He's another Janus - which is to say, like the god Janus, he is two-faced).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὅστις κύνα τρέφει ξένον, τούτῳ μόνον λῖνος μένει (English: If somebody feeds another person's dog, he's left with only a leash). 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 VITULA ET BOVE (the story of the carefree heifer and her eventual fate). 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 Catus et Mures, another story of the cat's attempts to trick the mice. 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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