Friday, September 25, 2009

Round-Up: September 25-27

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 septimum 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 Owen's elegant little epigrams, with a word list at
Mille modis morimur mortales, nascimur uno.
Sunt hominum morbi || mille, sed una salus.
English: "We mortals die in a thousand ways; we are born in one way. People have a thousand illnesses, but one well-being." What a fun little poem to read out loud! :-)


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 contains a quote famously attributed to Caesar about his divorce from his wife in the wake of the Bona Dea scandal: Quod quum incredibile uideretur, accusator quaesiuit ex eo, cur ergo uxorem dimisisset. Tum Caesar respondit: Quia suam uxorem etiam suspicione uacare uellet.

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 which I really liked: Alios effugere saepe, te numquam potes (English: You can often escape others, but you can never escape yourself).


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 Ut flatus venti, sic transit gloria mundi (English: Like a puff of wind, so passes the glory of the world). 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: Non est ad astra mollis e terris via (English: The way from the earth to the stars is not easy - the rhyme here is not as strong (astra-via), but the sentiment is a good one!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iacta est alea (English: The die is cast - an even more famous quote from Julius Caesar).

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Rore pascitur (English: He feeds on the dew... something a donkey should not attempt, as Aesop warns us!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Fata viam invenient. (English: The Fates will find a way... so don't worry: even if you cannot find the way, your destiny will do that for you).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Unus interitus est hominis et iumentorum (Ecc. 3:19). 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 Dormienti vulpi cadit intra os nihil (English: When the fox is sleeping, nothing falls into her mouth... in other words: if the fox wants to eat, she is going to have to work).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Mens non inest Centauris (English: Centaurs are crazy! - there is that wise Centaur Chiron, of course, but this proverb is about those crazy Centaurs in the battle with the Lapiths).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Φιλῶν ἃ μὴ δεῖ, οὐ φιλήσεις ἃ δεῖ (English: When you love things you shouldn't, you will not love the things you should - a great little lesson in the Greek negatives μὴ and οὐ).


Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE CATTO ET VULPE, the story of the single-minded cat and the fox with her notorious bag of tricks!

Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Rusticus et Aratrum Eius, the story of the farmer whose cart got stuck in the mud. Given the week that I have had, I definitely wanted to include this image in today's blog round-up: it's a very good depiction of how I was feeling on Friday, ha ha. :-)

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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