Friday, July 24, 2009

Round-Up: July 24

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 nonum 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 we see a denunciation of Caesar in the Senate: Conuocato eius rei causa senatu, Lutatius Catulus, qui in summa tum erat inter Romanos existimatione, surgens, inter alia quibus Caesarem accusabat, id quoque memoratum deinde dixit, eum non iam cuniculis, sed machinis rempublicam oppugnare..

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 an inspirational thought from today: Aude aliquid dignum (English: Dare something worthy).


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 Leonis exuvium super asinum (English: A lion's skin on a donkey). 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: Experto credite (English: Trust someone who has tried it - the Latin expertus is from the verb experior, "I try, test, prove, experience").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Mors nemini parcit (English: Death spares no one).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Quaerite et invenietis (Matt. 7:7). 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 Unicus filius infatuatur, unicus sus impinguatur. (English: An only child grows foolish, an only pig grows fat).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Ex Iovis tabulis testis (English: The evidence is from Jupiter's own tablets - in the sense that Jupiter records all men's deeds; see this great post at Laudator Temporis Acti to learn more about this saying).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐνδύεται τὴν λεοντῆν (English: He's donning the lion's skin - for more information about this motif of the lion's skin, see the Latin proverb of the day cited above). 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 Hircus, the story of the fox and the goat who were trapped down in a well.

Aesopus Elegiacus: For my next book project, I'm collecting Aesop's fables told in the form of elegiac couplets. Today's elegiac poem is Corvus et Vulpes, the story of how the fox tricked the crow out of his cheese (this version of the story by Alexander Nequam is especially charming!).

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is DE ACCIPITRE ET LUSCINIA, the sad story of what happened when the hawk caught a nightingale.

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 Leo et Homo, the marvelous story of the debate between the lion and the man about who was the stronger of the two.

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 Lupus et Grus, the story of the crane who foolishly did the wolf a favor.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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