Friday, August 28, 2009

Round-Up: August 28

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 don't know about all of you, but I just finished my first week of classes - and I am so glad to have gotten through it unscathed. For those of you whose school year has just gotten started, I hope it has gone well!

HODIE: ante diem quintum 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 9, which will tell the scandal of Publius Clodius: Sed nihil in eo tumultuose actum, uerum sed domus Caesaris aduersa fortuna laesa 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 one from today: Omnis est rex in domo sua (English: Everyone is king in his own house... a Latin version of "a man's home is his castle").


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 Multum, non multa (English: Much, not many). 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: Grata brevitas (English: Brevity is pleasing... which fits nicely with the saying multum, non multa above - two different ways of expressing the notion of "quality, not quantity").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Fruere tua fortuna (English: Make good use of your good fortune).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Melior est puer pauper et sapiens rege sene et stulto (Ecc. 4:13). 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 Noctuas Athenas affert (English: He's carrying owls to Athens... the ancient equivalent of "coals to Newcastle").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Mala ad se trahit, ut Caecias nubes (English: He's drawing troubles to himself, like the northeast wind does the clouds).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἁπλοῦς ὁ μῦθος τὰς ἀληθείας ἔφυ (English: Straightforward speech begets truth). 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 FORMICA ET COLUMBA, the story of how the ant and the dove came to each other's aid.

Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Umbra Asini, a wonderful story about the orator Demosthenes using a humorous story to rebuke his inattentive audience! Here is an illustration for the story (image source), showing the "bust of Demosthenes" from the Louvre Museum:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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