Saturday, May 30, 2009

Round-Up: May 30

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 tertium 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 96, which features this great saying about the proverbial wheel of fortune: Regum fortuna casus praecipites rotat (Fortune spins round the headlong downfalls of kings; find out more).


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 invented by Karen Budde, based on one of yesterday's sayings: Discipulos in secreto monete, palam laudate (English: Admonish your students in secret; in public, praise them).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Lucrum cum iactura famae damnum est, non lucrum (English: Profit, with the loss of reputation, is loss, not profit). 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 Recta sequor (English: I follow the things that are right - literally, the things that are straight).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Respice, adspice, prospice (English: Look back, focus, look ahead - although it's hard to capture in English the wonderful word-play of the Latin!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Multo melius est non vovere quam post votum promissa non complere (Ecc. 5:5). 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 Apes debemus imitari (English: We should imitate the bees - those hard-working little creatures who are able to create honey through their own labors).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Herculei labores (English: The labors of Hercules - which you can read about in this lovely presentation at the Perseus website).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἔνεστι κἂν μύρμηκι χολή (English: Even the ant has its bile - which, in the theory of the humors, means even the ant can get angry/choleric). 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 UVA (the story of the fox and the supposedly sour grapes). 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 Urtica et Filio Hortolani, the story of the boy who was stung by nettles.

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 Leo et Mus, the story of how the lion learned to be grateful to the tiny mouse, as you can see in this marvelous illustration by Aractingy:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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