Monday, May 4, 2009

Round-Up: May 4

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 quartum 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 72, which features this saying about the amazing variety of human cultures: Quot regiones, tot mores (There are as many customs as there are countries).


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 why empty-headed people nevertheless make so much noise: Vacuum vas altius pleno vaso resonat (English: An empty pot resounds more loudly than a full one).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Calidum et frigidum ex eodem ore efflat (English: He blows hot and cold from the same mouth). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Durat opus vatum (English: The work of the bards endures - as we can see in the AP Latin exam, where Vergil rules...).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Erit merces operi vestro (II Chron. 15:7). 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 Asino non opus est verbis sed fustibus (English: A donkey doesn't need words but cudgels... a saying you can find in Cicero).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Thraces foedera nesciunt (English: The Thracians do not recognize treaties - a saying that Erasmus links to the treacherous murder of Polydorus by the Thracians).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὕβρις ὕβριν ἔτικτε, καὶ ψόγος ψόγον (English: Hubris bred hubris, fault bred fault). 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 Vulpe et Ūvā, the famous story of the fox and the supposedly "sour grapes."

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE PARTU MONTIUM (the story of the mountains that gave birth to a mouse). 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 Lupo et Histrice, the story of the wolf who tried the hedgehog to put aside his spines.


Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is Annuit coeptis (English: He has nodded approval to our beginnings - part of the Great Seal of the United States).

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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