Thursday, August 20, 2009

Round-Up: August 20

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.

I'm adding back in some of the materials to my Latin routine, now that I've got the semester safely started at my real job - so the Twitter section is back now, along with Aesopus Elegiacus! :-)

HODIE: ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Septembres. 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 begins Chapter 8, with further information about the trial of Catiline: Haec sententia quum humanitatem prae se ferret, et oratione facunda esset confirmata, tantum ualuit, ut non modo qui post Caesarem dixerunt, ei subscriberent, sed et quidam eorum qui ante responderant, suis retractatis ei accederent, eo usque dum ad Catulum et Catonem peruentum est.

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 a rhyming proverb from today: Ex pravo pullus bonus ovo non venit ullus (English: No good chick ever came from a bad egg).


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 Athanasius contra mundum (English: Athanasius against the world). 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: Laterem lavas (English: You're washing a brick - a good way to remember that sneaky Latin third-declension noun later, "brick").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Amici fures temporis (English: Friends are thieves of time... and that would include Facebook friends, too!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Tempus nascendi et tempus moriendi (Ecc. 3:2). 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 Malo cani brevis tendatur copula. (English: A bad dog's leash should be pulled short - and for a story about a bad dog, see the fable below).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Eloquentia Attica (English: Attic eloquence - referring, of course, to the proverbial eloquence of the orators of ancient Athens in Attica, Greece).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἄγουσιν ἑορτὴν οἱ κλέπται (English: The thieves are celebrating the religious festival... which is to say: watch out for thieves at the festival! Thieves hold nothing sacred). 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 Canis Mordax, the story of the dog who was prone to bite.

Aesopus Elegiacus: I'm hoping to get enough elegiac Aesopic poetry to publish a little book of the poems next summer. Today's elegiac fable is Camelus et Pulex, the story of the flea who took a ride on a camel. There is also a word list, courtesy of

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE CERVO IN BOVIUM STABULO, the story of the stag hiding in the oxen's stable (and yes, bovium is the spelling in the 17th-century text that this fable comes from).

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 De Equo Despecto, the story of a race-horse who runs better than he looks!

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 Gilbo, Pars Tertia, the third in Anthony Gibbins's series of little stories about Gilbo and his family!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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