Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Round-Up: July 21

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 duodecimum Kalendas Augustas. 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 continues to explore suspicions about Caesar's larger ambitions: Ibi alii clamare, Caesarem tyrannidem moliri, qui legibus et senatusconsultis abolitos honores restitueret; periculum eum facere iam de animis populi, eosque premollire et explorare, num huiusmodi donis sint mancipati ipsumque rebus huiusmodi ludere et noua affectare patiatur..

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: Frustra legit qui non intellegit (English: He reads in vain who reads without understanding... which is why I always urge my students to have Wikipedia at hand when they do readings for class).


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

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Mus satur insipidam diiudicat esse farinam (English: The mouse, when full, considers the flour insipid). 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: Carpe diem (English: Seize the day - which is probably one of the most famous of all Latin sayings!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Concordia res crescunt (English: With harmony, things prosper - that's the ablative form there in Latin, concordiā).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Beati qui nunc fletis, quia ridebitis (Luke 6:21). 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 Colubram sinu fovet, contra se ipse misericors (English: He's nursing a snake in his bosom, showing pity against his own better interest - a lesson you can see illustrated in the Aesop's fable about the frozen snake).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Invita Minerva (English: Without Minerva's help - a proverbial expression for a work that displays no skill or art or wisdom, the gifts that the goddess Minerva would bestow if she were willing).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀρχὴ ἥμισυ παντός (English: The beginning is half of the whole... so, if you have a project you wanted to complete this summer, just get started!). 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 Vulpes et Uva, the famous story of the "sour grapes." The fable also has an interactive word list at NoDictionaries.com.

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 Corvus et Lupi, the story of a crow who attached himself to a pack of wolves, and Stultus et Muli, the story of a fool who thought he would enter his mule team in an Olympic chariot race. Both fables have interactive word lists at NoDictionaries.com.

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is De Partu Montium, the story of a mountain that gave birth to a mouse.

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 Aquila et Corvus, the story of a crow who wanted to be an eagle.

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 Serpentes, a book about snake, snakes and more snakes!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.

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