Saturday, August 8, 2009

Round-Up: August 8

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 sextum 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 Asinus balneatoris numquam particeps balnei (English: The bathhouse-keeper's donkey never gets to have a bath). 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: Tecum habita (English: Live with yourself - a nice variation on the more famous, Nosce teipsum, "Know yourself").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: In libris libertas (English: In books, there is freedom - or, to catch the word-play in Latin, "in libraries there is liberty").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Qui amat periculum, in illo peribit (Sirach 3:26). 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 Incitas crabrones (English: You're stirring up the wasps... which is definitely not a good thing to be doing!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Daedali opera (English: Works of Daedalus - a proverbial way to refer to works of great technical ingenuity - you can read more about Daedalus here).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὀυκ ἔστι πρὸς δαίμονα φωτὶ μάχεσθαι. (English: It is not for a mortal man to do battle against a spiritual power). 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 EQUO ET ASINO, the sad story of how the horse refused to help his comrade, the donkey.

Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Senex et Mors, the wonderful story of the will to live, no matter what. Here is an illustration for the story (image source) by Aractingy:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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