Thursday, May 7, 2009

Round-Up: May 7

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: Nonae Maiae, the Nones of May. 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 75, which features this Latin variation on the "haste makes waste" idea: Vix bene et cito (Hardly well done and quickly done).


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 one from today about unexpected outcomes: Praebet candoris lac nigri vacca coloris (English: A cow black in color can give milk that is white).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Mutare non potest pardus varietates suas (English: The leopard cannot change his spots). 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 Hylam inclamas (English: You are shouting for Hylas - but you shout in vain, as did Heracles, when his beloved Hylas was captured by the nymphs).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Quae nocent, docent (English: The things which do harm, teach - in other words, you do your best learning in the proverbial "school of hard knocks").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Modicum plora supra mortuum, quoniam requievit (Sirach 22:11). 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 Senescenti caballo leviora impone (English: Put lighter loads on the horse as he grows older... a fine sentiment, not just for horses!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is O mihi praeteritos referat si Iuppiter annos! (English: Oh, if only Jupiter could bring back to me the years that have passed by - a famous line from Vergil's Aeneid).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πρὶν τοὺς ἰχθύας ἑλεῖν, τὴν ἅλμην κυκᾷς (English: You're cooking up the fish sauce, before you have caught the fish - an aquatic version of counting your chickens before they're hatched). 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 Columbīs et Accipitre, the story of the doves who foolishly made the hawk their king.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE ACCIPITRE ET LUSCINIA (another story of the hawk up to his bad ways!). 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 Equo et Cervo, the story of how the horse became enslaved to the man... one of my very favorite fables of unintended consequences! Here's an illustration for the fable (image source) from a 1521 edition of Aesop:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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