Friday, August 7, 2009

Round-Up: August 7

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 septimum 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 Aliorum medicus ipse ulceribus scates (English: You, a doctor to others, are covered all over with sores). 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: Respice finem (English: Keep your eye on the finish-line).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Macte virtute esto (English: Good for you! This very Roman formulaic exclamation is also found without the verb esto, and you can also find it in various fuller forms, such as Macte virtute ac pietate esto).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Usque ad mortem certa pro iustitia (Sirach 4:28). 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 Colla canum veterum nolunt admittere lora (English: The necks of old dogs refuse to wear leashes - something like the English saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks").

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Deos accepimus, Caesares dedimus (English: We have received the gods but we have given ourselves Caesars - in other words, we inherited religion, but we invented emperor worship for ourselves).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὀυδὲ κύων παύσαι τ' ἂν ἅπαξ σκυτοτρωγεῖν μαθών (English: A dog will not stop gnawing leather once he has learned to do it - a good saying to keep in mind both literally when training a puppy, and metaphorically in the world of humans!). 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 Anus et Ancillae, a funny story about unintended consequences!

Fable of the Day: Today's fables of the day from Barlow is DE LEONE AMATORIO, the sad story of the lion in love who, ever hopeful, is letting himself be declawed, as you can see in the image below:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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