Sunday, May 3, 2009

Round-Up: May 3

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 quintum Nonas Maias. 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 71, which features this elegant saying: Tranquillo quilibet gubernator est (On a calm sea, anyone at all can steer the ship - and yes, this Latin word gubernator gives us the English word, "governor," who steers the ship of state).


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 how many small things add up to one big thing: Minutula pluvia imbrem parit (English: eeny-tiny rain drops give birth to a storm).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is A deo est omnis medela (English: All healing is from God). 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 Corde manuque (English: With heart and hand - although in Latin, the cor was the seat of thinking as well as feeling, so this saying refers to the need to think and to take action).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Mediam viam elige (English: Choose the middle way - in other words, don't go to extremes).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Nonne militia est vita hominis super terram? (Job 7:1). 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 Gallus in sterquilinio suo plurimum potest (English: A rooster on his own heap of manure can do anything - but take him away from the heap of manure, and he's no longer the boss).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Stupidior Praxillae Adonide (English: More foolish than the Adonis of Praxilla - referring to a poetess Praxilla who wrote a poem about Adonis in which Adonis foolishly said that the most beautiful things in the world were the sun, apples, and pumpkins - including pumpkins in that list made Adonis look so foolish that he became a byword for foolishness).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀγαθὴ καὶ μάζα μετ' ἄρτον (English: In second place after bread, even barley-cake is good). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Aesopus Ning: Fables with Macrons: By popular request, I'm marking up the fables from Barlow's Aesop with macrons. So, today's fable with macrons is Dē Cane Mordācī, the story of the dog who was prone to bite.

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 Vulpe Deos precante, the story of the fox who prayed to the gods, but did not always get what he wanted.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE CANE ET BOVE (the story of the proverbial dog in the manger). 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.

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