Thursday, July 30, 2009

Round-Up: July 30

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 tertium 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 describes the reaction to Caesar's election as pontifex maximus: Vicit tamen in suffragiorum certamine, senatuique et optimatibus metum incussit, quod ad extremum audaciae populum producturus uidebatur.

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, in praise of moderation: Quod nimium est, laedit (English: Too much does harm).


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 Dum loquor, hora fugit (English: As I am speaking, time is escaping). 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: Fide laboro (English: I labor in faith).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Amantes spes alit (English: Hope nourishes people in love).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Redde unicuique secundum vias suas (II Chron. 6:30). 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 Aquilam cornix lacessit (English: The crow is harassing the eagle - which, of course, is not very wise on crow's part, although we do not have an actual fable or story to go with this particular proverb).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Midas in tesseris consultor optimus (English: Midas is an excellent advisor in dice - a proverb that makes more sense when you learn that Midas is the name of a very good throw to get in the game).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὸ κυνὸς κακὸν ὓς ἀπέτισεν (English: The pig pays the penalty for the dog's crime... life is not fair even in the world of the barnyard). 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 Milvus et Mus, a story that provides a great ironic counterpoint to the better-known story of the mouse and the 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 Canis et Umbra, the famous story of the greedy dog crossing the stream.

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is DE PASTORIS PUERO ET AGRICOLIS, the famous story of the boy who cried "Wolf!"

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 Canis et Asinus, Socii, the story of the dog who thought a donkey could help him in his war with the wolf.

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 Puer Mendax et Lupus, my own version of the story of the boy who cried "Wolf!"

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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