Sunday, July 19, 2009

Round-Up: July 19

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 quartum decimum Kalendas Augustas, the ancient feast of the Lucaria. 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. Today's portion returns to the theme of Marius's legacy in Caesar's career: 6.1 Duae eo tempore factiones Rome erant, Syllana altera, tum uigens, altera Mariana, humilis tum et dissipata atque fracta. Hanc Caesar erigere et prouehere cupiens, munificentia aedilitia ad summum producta, occulte imagines Marii et Victorias tropaea ferentes noctu in Capitolio posuit.

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: Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria. (English: Unless what we do is useful, fame is foolish).


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 Ut piscis extra aquam (English: Like a fish out of water). 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: Virtute vigeo (English: I flourish with virtue).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Ex humo homo (English: Man comes from the earth... although the English cannot catch the lovely word-play of the Latin).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Reddite quae sunt Caesaris Caesari, et quae sunt Dei Deo (Mark 12:17). 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 Mus salit in stratum dum scit abesse cattum (English: The mouse jumps onto the bed when he knows the cat is away - and for something that rhymes as the Latin does, there's the English version, "When the cat's away, the mice will play").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Moenia Semiramidis (English: The walls of Semiramis - referring to the protective walls that the legendary Queen Semiramis built when she restored Babylon; see Wikipedia).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ζῶμεν, οὐχ' ὡς θέλομεν, ἀλλ' ὡς δυνάμεθα (English: We live, not as we want, but as we are able). 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 Quercus et Arundo, a fable in praise of flexibility, both literal and metaphorical. 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 Leo et Asinus Comes, the story of what happened when the lion and the donkey went hunting together, and Mures Duo, the famous story of the city mouse and the country mouse. Both fables have interactive word lists at

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is DE LEAENA ET VULPE, the debate between the lioness and the fox.

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 Cera Duritiem Appetens, which is absolutely one of my favorite Renaissance fables - the sad story of the ambitious lump of wax.

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 Colores, a bilingual libellus about the color words in Latin.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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