Monday, August 24, 2009

Round-Up: August 24

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 nonum 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 further describes the tension between Caesar and Cicero after Catiline's trial: Hoc si uerum sit, equidem miror a Cicerone in libro de consulatu suo omissum. Vitio sane ei post datum est, quod occasione contra Caesarem oblata optima usus non esset, metu populi, qui incredibili studio Caesarem defenderet.

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 that no doubt applies to the ginger snaps I ate for dessert tonight, ha ha: Modum nescit ponere voluptas (English: Pleasure does not know how to set a limit).


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 Victrix fortunae sapientia (English: Wisdom is the conqueror of fortune). 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: Defendendo vinco (English: By defending myself, I conquer... in other words: "the best offense is a strong defense").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Adeunt etiam optima (English: The best things are yet arriving).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Quid est veritas? (John 18:38). 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 Mulges hircum (English: You're milking a billy-goat... when you need to be milking a she-goat instead).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Ululas Athenas (English: Owls to Athens... the ancient equivalent of coals to Newcastle!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὁδοῦ παρούσης τὴν ἀτραπὸν ζητεῖς. (English: The road's right in front of you and you're look for a detour). 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 Corvus et Vulpes, the famous story of how the fox tricked the crow out of the cheese.

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 Agricola Militiam et Mercaturam Affectans, the story of a farmer, dissatisfied with his lot, who life went from bad to worse. There is also a word list, courtesy of

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE GALLO GALLINACEO, the story of the rooster who found a precious jewel in the manure.

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 Adolescente et Hirundine, the story of a young man who did not realize that "one swallow does not a summer make."

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 Sexta, the sixth in Anthony Gibbins's series of little stories about Gilbo and his family. This is the final installment so far - but we can hope there will be some more soon! :-)

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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