Saturday, August 22, 2009

Round-Up: August 22

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 undecimum 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 describes Caesar's dramatic escape after the trial: sed eum et Curio fertur toga sua circumdata eduxisse, et ipse Cicéro respicientibus ad se iuuenibus renaisse, siue quod populum metueret, siue quod iniustam eam caedem putaret.

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 which dates to a time when pepper was a rare commodity! Cui multum est piperis, etiam oleribus immiscet (English: He who has much pepper can even mix it with his vegetables).


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 Ex duris gloria (English: From hard things, glory). 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: Scito teipsum (English: Know yourself).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Antiqua sunt optima (English: The oldest things are best).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Resistite diabolo et fugiet a vobis. (James 4:7). 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 Mus satur insipidam diiudicat esse farinam (English: When the mouse is full he concludes that the flour has no flavor).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Areopagita taciturnior (English: More silent than an Areopagite - the Areopagus was the Hill of Mars in Athens, and the Areopagites were members of the court, hence proverbially grim, silent and severe, Cicero attests).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἁμαρτεῖν οὐκ ἔνεστι δὶς ἐν πολέμῳ (English: You cannot err twice in war... even one mistake can be fatal, in fact!). 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 Senex, the story of the donkey's revenge on the old lion.

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 Canis et Ovis, the sad story of what happened when the dog took the sheep to court on false charges. There is also a word list, courtesy of

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE EQUO ET ASELLO ONUSTO, the story of what happened to the horse who refused to help the donkey carry the load.

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 Quinta, the fourth 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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