Friday, September 11, 2009

Round-Up: September 11-13

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.

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus 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.

TODAY'S POEM: Here is today's little poem, from the Poetry Widget. Today's item comes from the moral sayings in Cato's Distichs. You can find the word list at
Forti animo ferto, cum sis damnatus inique:
Nemo diu gaudet, qui iudice vincit iniquo.
English: "When you are wrongly found guilty, endure with a steady heart; no person who wins in an unjust court can long rejoice." In other words: sooner or later, the truth will out! I especially like the word-play in the opening words of the Latin: Forti animo ferto. Some beginning Latin textbooks completely omit the so-called future imperative forms, such as ferto, but these imperatives are very common in moralistic advice such as found here in the distichs.


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 is the final description of Bona Dea's rites - you clearly would not want to be living next door to the house where they are being celebrated! et pleraque noctu fiunt iocis ad nocturna sacra admixtis, musicaque multa adhibita.

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 God's blessings: Cari deo nihilo carent (English: Those who are dear to God lack in nothing).


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 In pace leones, in proelio cervi [English: In peace, they are (brave as) lions; in battle, (timid as) deer]. 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: Concordia insuperabilis (English: Solidarity cannot be defeated… as illustrated in the wonderful Aesop's fable about the bundle of sticks).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Dulce et utile (English: Pleasant AND useful… good advice adapted from Horace for any writer - or teacher!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Salva me ex ore leonis (Psalms 22:21). 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 Asinus gestat mysteria (English: The donkey is carrying the religious icons - an allusion to a marvelous Aesop's fable).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is In Venere semper dulcis est dementia (English: In Venus, madness is always sweet - with Venus standing by metonymy for love itself).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ποταμῷ ὀχετὸν ἐπάγει (English: He's digging a channel to the river… which is like bringing coals to Newscastle - you want to take water from the river, not bring water to it).


Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE LEPORE ET TESTUDINE, the famous story of the tortoise and the hare.

Tar Heel Readers: Materials continue to accumulate at Tar Heel Reader (keep up with the latest items at the Libelli Latini blog). Today I decided to feature Gilbo, Pars Decima, the tenth in Anthony Gibbins's series of little stories about Gilbo and his family!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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