Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Round-Up: August 26

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 septimum 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 Cato's response to Caesar's popularity with the common people of Rome: Itaque Cato seditionem pauperum praesertim (hi enim Caesare freti totam multitudinem incendebant) metuens, senatui persuasit, ut singulis mensibus plebi frumentum diuideretur.

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 about how more is not always better! Lenis alit flammas, grandior aura necat (English: A light breeze nourishes the flames; a bigger breeze kills them).


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 Canis est audax iuxta proprias aedes (English: A dog is bold by his own house). 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: Sapiens divinat (English: The wise man can see the future!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Vita hominis peregrinatio (English: Man's life is a pilgrimage).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Quis est vir qui vivat et non videat mortem? (Psalms 89:48). 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 Cantator cycnus funeris sui (English: The swan is the singer of his own funeral dirge - in other words, the proverbial "swan song").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Saliares dapes (English: A feast worthy of the priests of the Saliaria carmina - which is to say a truly splendid banquet!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐλεύθεραι ἀῖγες ἀρότρων (English: Goats are not yoked to the plows). 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 URSO ET ALVEARI, a wonderful little story of the bear's bad temper.

Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Equus et Asinus Oneratus, the story of the horse who refused to help the donkey carry the load - and here's a wonderful illustration by Aractingy to go with it (image source):

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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