Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Round-Up: September 22

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 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. Today's poem is another one of Owen's epigrams (Owen 3.172) - two couplets this time. You can find a word list at NoDictionaries.com.
Nil temere facias, timide nihil, omnia caute,
Cuncta cito, sero || nil, subitoque nihil.
Natura es timidus? Fortem prudentia reddet,
Nemo cavenda timet, || qui metuenda cavet.
English: "Don't do anything rashly, don't do anything timidly, be cautious in all things; everything on time, nothing late, and nothing rashly. Are you timid by nature? Caution will make a man brave; no one need be frightened of things that can be watched out for ... if he watches out for things that are frightening." Just look at that last line for a lovely example of the elegant mirroring of the epigrammatic style!


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 tells us that Clodius had defenders, too: Huic eorum conatui populus se opponens, Clodio auxiliabatur, quod ei plurimum profuit, quia iudices perterrefacti multitudinem formidabant.

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 life and luck: Nec vita nec fortuna hominibus perpes est (English: People's life is not ever-lasting, nor is their luck).


You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Mea mecum porto (English: I carry my things with me). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb in Leonine verse form is: Ne credas isti, semel a quo laesus abisti (English: Do not trust the man from whom you once turned away, wounded).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cupressum scis simulare (English: You know how to imitate a cypress - a famous line from Horace's Ars Poetica).

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Concussus surgo (English: Struck down, I rise up... what a great motto: both optiistic and defiant!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Meo contentus sum (English: I am content with what is mine).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Navis pertransit fluctuantem aquam et, cum praeterierit, non est vestigium invenire (Wisdom 5:10). 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 Cani dat paleas, asino ossa (English: You're giving taw to the dog, and bones to the donkey... which is definitely the wrong way to go about tending your animals!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Iro pauperior (English: More poor than Irus - referring to Irus, the proverbial pauper of the island of Ithaca).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ῥεχθὲν δὲ τε νήπιος ἔγνω (English: Even a silly person knows a done deed).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Senex et Mors, the story of the old man who found out he didn't want to die after all!

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE CERVO IN AQUAS INSPICIENTE, the story of the stag and his mixed-up body image.

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 Quarta Decima, the fourteenth in Anthony Gibbins's series of little stories about Gilbo and his family.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.

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