Thursday, September 3, 2009

Proverb Round-Up + Latin Poetry Widget 4: Horace (1)

Thanks to everybody who wrote me about the proverbs - it's nice to know that people are enjoying those. So, here's the plan for September - I will keep on publishing the little poems, but I will also include the proverb round-up, too. This is a very busy month for me, but I think that will work! :-)

HODIE: ante diem tertium Nonas 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 the sordid affair of Publius Clodius: Publius erat Clodius patricio genere natus, opibusque et facundia clarus, libidine autem, audacia et impudicitia nemini nequissimo secundus.

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 obedience and authority: Qui nescit oboedire, is nesciet imperare (English: He who does not know how to obey will not know how to command).


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 Publica fama non semper vana (English: Common gossip is not always groundless). 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: Tibicen vapulat (English: The piper gets a beating - even when something is not his fault; a fuller form of the proverb is tibicen vapulat, coquo peccante or si quid peccasset coquus, tibicen solebat vapulare, "the piper gets a beating when it's really the fault of the cook").

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Orta omnia cadunt (English: All things that have risen up fall... in other words, "what goes up, must come down").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Omnis caro faenum et omnis gloria eius quasi flos agri (Isaiah 40:6). 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 Minores leporem canes reperiunt, maiores capiunt (English: The smaller dogs find the rabbit; the bigger dogs catch him).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Facilis descensus Averno (English: Easy is the descent to Avernus... getting out is what's hard!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει (English: An elephant does not bite a mouse). 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 Leo et Vulpes, the story of how the fox outwitted the lion.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE ALAUDA ET PULLIS EIUS, a story about a bird who has a good understanding of human nature!


For more about this poetry project, see this previous post. This is the second group of poems: 9 new ones, plus 41 from previous posts, for a total of 50 on our way to 366 poems for the widget! Today's poems come from Horace, so they are not free-standing poems. Please let me know if you think they work as excerpted here; my hope is that the lines can make sense on their own. In selecting these verses, I tried to stick to the basic dactylic and iambic meters, rather than any of the more complicated lyric meters. I did include some Archilochian and Alcmanic verses, but these are built on a dactylic base, so I hope that they will be easy to scan at sight. This is the first set from Horace; I'll have four more sets later.

Discit enim citius meminitque libentius illud
quod quis deridet quam quod probat et veneratur.

Source: Horace - dactylic - Epist. 1.2 (Dictionary Help)

Beatus ille qui procul negotiis,
ut prisca gens mortalium,
paterna rura bubus exercet suis
solutus omni faenore.

Source: Horace - iambic - Epode (Dictionary Help)

Infernis neque enim tenebris Diana pudicum
liberat Hippolytum,
nec Lethaea valet Theseus abrumpere caro
vincula Pirithoo.

Source: Horace - Archilochian - Carm. 4.7 (Dictionary Help)

Cum semel occideris et de te splendida Minos
fecerit arbitria,
non, Torquate, genus, non te facundia, non te
restituet pietas.

Source: Horace - Archilochian - Carm. 4.7 (Dictionary Help)

Sic quia perpetuus nulli datur usus et heres
heredem alterius velut unda supervenit undam,
quid vici prosunt aut horrea?

Source: Horace - dactylic - Epist. 2.2 (Dictionary Help)

Quis scit an adiciant hodiernae crastina summae
tempora di superi?

Source: Horace - Archilochian - Carm. 4.7 (Dictionary Help)

Sed satis est orare Iovem quae ponit et aufert;
det vitam, det opes; aequum mi animum ipse parabo.

Source: Horace - dactylic - Epist. 1.18 (Dictionary Help)

Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri,
quo me cumque rapit tempestas, deferor hospes.

Source: Horace - dactylic - Epist. 1.1 (Dictionary Help)

Vivere si recte nescis, decede peritis.
Lusisti satis, edisti satis atque bibisti;
tempus abire tibi est, ne potum largius aequo
rideat et pulset lasciva decentius aetas.

Source: Horace - dactylic - Epist. 2.2 (Dictionary Help)

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