Monday, July 27, 2009

Round-Up: July 27

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 sextum 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 learn about Caesar's candidacy to become pontifex maximus: Interim Metello pontifice maximo uita defuncto, quum id sacerdotium Isauricus et Catulus, clarissimi uiri et in senatu principes, peterent, nihil territus Caesar ipse quoque in comitiis idem ambiit.

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: Tot capita, tot sententiae (English: As many opinions as heads).


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 Scientia potentia (English: Knowledge is power). 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: Tempus monstrat (English: Time shows - or, as in the English saying, "time will out").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Ira enses procudit (English: Anger forges the swords... a brilliant metaphor for how anger will always find weapons to use).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Si quis non vult operari, nec manducet (II Thess. 3:10). 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 Pisces natare doces (English: You're teaching a fish to swim - which is, of course, a waste of time; the fish knows how to swim!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Ille Uriae literas perfert (English: He's carrying Uriah's letter - an allusion to the Biblical story of how Uriah carried the letter to Joab that contained the orders for Uriah's certain death, so that David could have Uriah's wife, Bathsheba).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Καιρὸς ψυχὴ πράγματος (English: The crucial moment is the soul of the endeavor). 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 Leo et Mus, the story of how a mouse managed to rescue a lion

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 Serpens et Lima, the story of a snake foolish enough to bite a file.

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is DE VULPE ET PARDO, the debate about beauty between the fox and leopard.

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 Columbae, Milvus et Accipiter, the story of the doves and the hawk, their king.

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 Fibulus et Gigas, the story of a battle between a barber and a giant!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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