Friday, May 8, 2009

Round-Up: May 8

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 octavum Idus 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 76, which features this saying about how there's no free lunch: Non volat in buccas assa columba tuas (A roast pigeon doesn't just fly into your mouth).


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 health and recovery: Cito aegrotamus, tarde convalescimus (English: We fall sick quickly and get well slowly).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Te de aliis quam alios de te suavius est fieri doctos (English: It is a sweeter thing for you to become wise from others' mistakes than for others to become wise from your mistakes). 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 Cotidie morior (English: Each day, I am dying - from I Corinthians).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Experientia docet stultos (English: Experience is the teacher of fools; in other words, a foolish person learns only after making a mistake, not by thoughtfully avoiding them to begin with!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Omnis creatura Dei bona (I Tim. 4:4). 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 Leonem mortuum et muscae mordent (English: Even the flies bite a dead lion... the same theme illustrated in the fable of the feeble old lion kicked by the donkey).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Vulcanium vinculum (English: The chain of Vulcan... referring to those famous chains which Vulcan used to bind his wife Venus with her lover Mars!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀεὶ κολοιὸς παρὰ κολοιὸν ἱζάνει (English: A jackdaw always sits next to a jackdaw - in other words: birds of a feather flock together). 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 PAVONE ET GRUE (the debate between the peacock and the crane). 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 Simiis et Pardale, the story of how the leopard tricked the foolish monkeys and devoured them.

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 Sene et Morte, the story of the old man who thought he wanted to die.

AESOP VIDEO!!!! Thanks to Ann Martin and her discipulae, there are Aesop videos for your viewing pleasure available at the eClassics Ning: Ann Martin's Videos. Here is their presentation of the fable De Sole et Vento, the story of the contest between the sun and the wind. EUGE!!!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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