Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Round-Up: July 15

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: Idus Juliae - the Ides of July! You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.


Vita Caesaris: You can see my IVLIVS CAESAR feed with a sentence from Plutarch's Life of Caesar each day in Greek, Latin and English. Here is today's portion, which tells how Caesar went to Spain after the death of his wife: A morte mulieris quaestor cum praetore Vetere profectus est in Hispaniam, quem et coluit summa constantia et ipse praetor factus filium eius quaestorem fecit.

Proverbiis Pipilo: You can see my Proverbia feed of Latin proverbs which I "tweet" while I am online each day (in English, too). Here's one from today: Et erit opus iustitiae pax (English: And the work of justice will be peace - a quotation from Isaiah).


You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the website.

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sub pallio sordido sapientia (English: Beneath a filthy cloak, wisdom). 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: Nosce tempus (English: Know the time! and that does not mean the mere hours on the clock, but time in the sense of timing, the right time for something, the moment of opportunity.)

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Dominus illuminatio mea (English: God is my illumination - which is the motto of Oxford University).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas (Ecc. 1:2). 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 Sic vos non vobis mellificatis, apes! (English: Thus, O Bees, you make honey not for yourselves... that is, they make honey for the beekeeper!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Tam Marti quam Mercurio (English: As much by Mars as by Mercury - with the god Mars standing for war and force, and Mercury standing for craft and cunning).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Μικροῦ δὲ ἀγῶνος οὐ μέγ' ἔρχεται κλέος (English: From a minor struggle no great honor comes). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus, the story of the wolf in sheep's clothing. The fable also has an interactive word list at

Aesopus Elegiacus: For my next book project, I'm collecting Aesop's fables told in the form of elegiac couplets, two per day. Today's elegiac fables are Cerva et Leaena, the story of a deer who had the bad luck to run into a lion, and Lupus et Grus, the story of the crane who foolishly did a favor for a wolf, as told by the wonderful medieval poet Alexander Nequam. Both fables have interactive word lists at

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is DE RANA ET VULPE, the story of the frog who wanted to be a doctor.

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 Asinus et Labores Eius, the story of a poor donkey who keeps hoping that when the season changes, his life will improve (of course, it doesn't!).

Tar Heel Readers: Materials continue to accumulate at Tar Heel Reader (keep up with the latest items at the Libelli Latini blog). Today I decided to feature Sacculus Puellae, the wonderful story of a girl and her pursue, contributed by Anita Wasdahl, with photographs taken especially for this story!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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