Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Round-Up: September 16

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 sextum decimum Kalendas Octobres. 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. This is another one of the delightful epigrams of Owen, this time about the power of one word: "no." You can get a word list here.
Concurrat veterum licet in te turba, potes tu
Hac omnes una || vincere voce: nego.

English: "Even if a crowd of the ancients should rally against you, you can defeat them all with this one word: I say no." The epigram is a good way to remember the Latin etymology of that verb, nego - it is just the word ne, "no!" with a form of the verb aio , "I say" = nego, "no I say!"


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 is pretty hilarious: Clodius is totally in trouble! cumque is se Pompeiae Abram (id est ancilla delicatior), ut et ipsa uocabatur, quaerere diceret et uirum se esse uoce proderet, subito magna cum uociferatione ad lumina et turbam se proripit, uirum se in aedibus deprehendisse clamans. Et territis mulieribus Aurelia, orgiis deae sublatis, fores occludi iussit, domumque facibus praelucentibus perlustrauit, Clodium quaerens.

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 the transitoriness of life: Ut hora sunt dies nostri super terram (English: Like an hour are our days upon the earth).


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 Hic mortui vivunt, hic muti loquuntur (English: Here the dead live; here the mute speak). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cum sancto sanctus eris, cum perverso perverteris (English: With the holy man you will be holy; with the wicked man wicked - with a very sly use of the verb, perverseris - like verseris, but with the per prefix!).

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Utere virtute (English: Use your power! ... although we all know that it's impossible to really translate that Latin virtus into English).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Arma tuentur pacem (English: Arms keep the peace - which you can see on this military insignia).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Nunc hunc, nunc illum consumit gladius (II Samuel 11:25... so much for arms keeping the peace, as in the preceding nitti). 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 Unus lanius non timet multas oves (English: A single butcher does not fear many sheep... unarmed as those sheep always are!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Quod dei deo, quod Caesaris Caesari (English: What is God's [give] to God, and what is Caesar's to Caesar).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐν νυκτὶ λαμπρὸς, ἐν φάει δ' ἀνωφελής (English: Bright at night, useless in daylight).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Venter et Membra, the story made famous by Livy about the body's revolt against the stomach.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE DELPHINO ET SMARIDE, the story of the little picarel and the dolphin.

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 Aeneas et Dido - Brevis Libellus, the story of Dido and Aeneas contributed by Magistra Holt!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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