Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Round-Up: August 5

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.

For the next couple weeks, I'm really busy trying to get my courses retooled for the Fall semester, so the Bestiaria blog will be on the short side. I should be able to get back up to speed later in the month:

HODIE: ante diem octavum Idus Augustas. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.


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 Intacta invidia media sunt (English: Middle things are untouched by envy). 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 a great motto of wisdom and caution: Sciens cavebo (English: Having knowledge, I will take care).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Post tenebras lux (English: After the shadows, light - with all those metaphorical implications of enlightenment).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Nemo propheta acceptus est in patria sua (Luke 4:24). 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 Tot capita, tot pulices (English: So many heads, so many fleas - a saying which always makes me think of Saint Francis who loved even "Brother Flea," and refused to wear a head covering because, he said: volo, quod fratres mei pulices partem habeant in capite meo, "I want that my brothers, the fleas, have their part in my head.")

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Placatur donis Iuppiter ipse datis (English: Jupiter himself is appeased by gifts that have been given to him).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἑαυτὸν οὐ τρέφων, κύνας τρέφεις (English: Not even being able to take care of yourself, you're taking care of dogs - although the passion for keeping dogs, especially hunting dogs, is something people have found hard to do in any age, ancient or modern!). 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 fables of the day from Barlow is DE ACCIPITRE COLUMBAM INSEQUENTE, the story of a hawk trying to catch a dove who instead got caught himself.

Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Vulpes Quae Vidit Leonem, a story of how familiarity breeds, if not contempt, at least camaraderie. Below is the image, which is one of the Francis Barlow illustrations NOT included in the Aesop book - and it's a nice one (image source):

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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