Saturday, May 9, 2009

Round-Up: May 9

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 septimum Idus Maias, one of the days of the Lemuria festival in ancient Rome. 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 77, which features this Latin equivalent of "coals to Newcastle" - Uvas Athenas portas (you're carrying grapes to Athens).


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 one from today: Tu dormis et tempus ambulat (English: You are sleeping, and time's walking!).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Semper Saturnalia agunt (English: They are always celebrating Saturnalia - in other words, they are always partying!). 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 Maiores sequor (English: I follow the ancestors - literally, the maiores, the ones who are greater ).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Nox pudore vacat (English: Night has no shame ... a saying for lovers, among others!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Qui cum sapientibus graditur, sapiens erit (Prov. 13:20). 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 De asini umbra disputant. (English: They are arguing over a donkey's shadow - which is an allusion to a famous Aesop's fable).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Aut Caesar aut nihil (English: Either Caesar or nothing - a proverb for someone who does not want to come in second best).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἴσα πόλεμον οὐ ποιεῖ (English: Equal things do not make war - that is, when things are equal on both sides, no war results). 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 Cervō in Bovium Stabulō, the story of the stag who hid in the oxen's stall.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE AVIBUS ET QUADRUPEDIBUS (the story of the bat's treachery during the war between the birds and the beasts). 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 Silva et Rustico, the story of the woods who brought about their own destruction.

LIBELLUS NOVUS: Thanks to the good graces of Gary Bishop and his marvelous Tar Heel Reader project, I've created a "libellus latinus" online - this one is about the lion, Dē Leōne. Contact me if you would like to learn about creating your own little Latin readers online! It's fun and easy!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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