Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Round-Up: August 12

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.

For the next couple weeks, I'm really busy trying to get my courses retooled for the Fall semester, so the Bestiaria blog will be on the short side. I should be able to get back up to speed later in the month:

HODIE: pridie Idus 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.


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 Vacuum vas altius pleno vaso resonat (English: An empty pot makes a deeper noise than a pot that is full). 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: Cicatrix manet (English: The scar remains... even after the wound is healed!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Fama crescit eundo (English: Rumor grows as it goes along - making wonderful use of the Latin gerund!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Verba sapientium sicut stimuli. (Ecc. 12:11). 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 Dum felis dormit, mus gaudet et exsilit antro (English: While the cat is sleeping, the mouse rejoices and leaps out of his mousehole).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Cyclopica vita (English: The life of a Cyclops - which is to say, an uncivilized, primitive life, like that of the notorious Polyphemus).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Κατόπιν ἑορτῆς ἥκεις (English: You've arrived after the festival... in other words: you've shown up after the party is over!). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is De Aucupe et Perdice, the story of a partridge willing to do anything to save her life!

Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Asinus in Pelle Leonis Indutus, a wonderfully succinct version of this famous story! Here is an illustration for the story (image source) by Aractingy - look closely for the hidden donkey:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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