Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Round-Up: May 27

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 sextum 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 93, which features this little riddle - can you guess the answer? Vulnerant omnes, ultima necat (They all wound; the last one kills you... Hint: you can see this as an inscription on clocks ... here's the answer!).


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 how things might feel, depending on your situation: Vita est beatorum laetitia, miserorum maestitia (English: Life is blessed people's joy and wretched people's sorrow).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Quam cito transit gloria mundi (English: How quickly the glory of the world passes by). 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 Nolens, volens (English: Not willing, willing - something like our English "willy-nilly").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is De nihilo nihil (English: Nothing comes from nothing - you can sometimes find this in a fuller form, with the verb: de nihilo nihil fit).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Qui servat ficum, comedet fructus eius (Proverbs 27:18). 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 Gallo canente, spes reddit (English: As the rooster crows, hope comes back - in other words, as each day dawn's, hope returns).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Semper Saturnalia agunt (English: They are always having a Saturnalia party - in other words, they think life is a perpetual vacation!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἁλιεὺς πληγεὶς νοῦν ὀίσει (English: When he has been struck, the fisherman will achieve understanding - an adage you can find used in one of Erasmus's colloquies; he explains it is based on the story of a fisherman who put his hand out to grab his catch and was bitten by a poisonous fish, learning his lesson too late!). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Ictibus Felicibus: Based on the good response I've gotten to the use of accent marks at Tar Heel Reader, I'm collecting fables now with macrons AND accent marks in this blog. Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Asinus aegrotus, a fable by Abstemius about the wolf's pretend friendship.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE LUPO ET SUE (the story of the wolf who wanted to be a midwife... purely by coincidence, this happens to be the Aesopic fable on which Abstemius modeled his story of the ailing donkey above). 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 Vulture et Avibus, the story of the vulture's birthday party! 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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