Sunday, June 7, 2009

Round-Up: June 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: ante diem septimum Idus Iunias, which was the day of the fisherman holiday, Ludi Piscatorii. 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 105, which features this saying based on Aesop's fable of Jupiter and the two sacks: Aliena vitia in oculis habemus, a tergo nostra sunt (We see other people's faults right before our eyes; our own are behind our backs).


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 life-long learning: Vivere tota vita discendum est (English: We spend our whole lives learning to live).

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is In oculis animus habitat (English: The soul dwells in the eyes). 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 Proteo mutabilior (English: More changeable than Proteus - from whom, of course, we get the English word "protean" - you can read more about this mythological character at Wikipedia).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is Contraria contrariis curantur (English: Opposites are cured by opposites - a Hippocratic medical principle called "allopathy" - as opposed to "homoeopathy," which is based on the principle that similia similibus curantur).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Omni negotio tempus est et oportunitas (Ecc. 8:6). 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 Fortior leone iustus (English: The righteous man is more strong than a lion - this is a popular motto in family heraldry, where it can be paired with the image of a lion).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Semper feliciter cadunt Jovis taxilli (English: Jupiter's dice always fall in a winning combination... while, of course, the same cannot be said for any of us mere mortals!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἢ σιγὴν καίριον, ἢ λόγον ὠφέλιμον (English: Either an opportune silence, or a helpful word - a very good adage for the benefits of both speech and silence!). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


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 Piscator et Pisciculus, the story of the tiny fish pleading for its life.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE GALLO GALLINACEO (the story of the rooster who found a precious jewel in the manure). 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 Vulpes et Tintinnabuluma>, the story of the fox who was impressed, at least at first, by the loud sound a drum can make.

Tar Heel Readers: Materials continue to accumulate at Tar Heel Reader (keep up with the latest items at the Libelli Latini blog). The item I wanted to highlight today is Abecedarium, an alphabet book contributed by Magister Gollan.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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