Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Round-Up: July 8

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 octavum Idus Iulias. 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 Latin portion narrates the great enmity between Cicero and Caesar, based on Cicero's complete mistrust of the young politician: Sane qui primus videtur eius institutum suspectum habuisse, veluti maris falso blandientem tranquillitatem latentemque sub humanitatis et hilaritatis specie calliditatem deprehendisse, Cicero dicebat se in omnibus eius conatibus atque consiliis tyrannicum propositum inesse perspexisse....

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 about karma unfolding in time: Tempus est optimus iudex (English: Time is the best judge).


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 Amicorum sunt communia omnia (English: Friends have all things in common). 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: Patientia vinces (English: With patience, you will win... I do so wish patience were one of my virtues! Alas, it is not...).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Ne quid falsi (English: Nothing false - and the negative particle ne implies a command of some kind: take care not to say anything false).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Melior est canis vivens leone mortuo (Ecc. 9:4). 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 Dicit piger: Leo est in via (English: The lazy man says: There's a lion in the way... which is to say: the lazy person can always invent some dangerous obstacle that prevents them taking any initiative!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Audentem iuvat Venus (English: Venus favors the person who is daring... in other words: love demands daring actions!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφαντα ἐκ μυιᾶς ποιεῖς (English: You're making an elephant out of a fly - something like making a mountain out of a molehill). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Ictibus Felicibus: Based on the good response I've gotten to the use of accent marks at Tar Heel Reader, I'm collecting fables now with macrons AND accent marks in this blog. Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Deus et Securis, a wonderful little fairy tale that shows how honesty is rewarded while greediness is punished.

Aesopus Elegiacus: For my next book project, I'm collecting Aesop's fables told in the form of elegiac couplets, two per day so that I'll plenty piled up for next summer. Today's elegiac fables are Grex et Lanista, one of my favorite Aesop's fables of all time, about what happens when the flock does not band together to fight the butcher, and Aquila et Scarabaeus, the story of how the beetle got its revenge on the mighty eagle. There are also word lists included, courtesy of!

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow's Aesop is DE NUTRICE ET LUPO (the story of the wolf who thought he could take a nanny's threat literally). You can use the Javascript to include the fable of the day automatically each day on your webpage or blog - meanwhile, to find out more about today's fable, visit the Ning Resource Page for this fable, where you will find links to the text, commentary, and a discussion board for questions and comments.

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 Psittacus et Turtur, a story about the age-old attraction of exotic pets!

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 Nobiscum Ludite, a wonderful story about Faunus and Flora and their dog Cerberus - with original artwork! It's lovely!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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