Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Round-Up: September 29

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 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 one of Wegeler's little rhymes, with a word list at NoDictionaries.com:
Irritare canem noli dormire volentem,
Nec moveas iram post tempora longa latentem.
English: "Do not bother a dog who is wanting to sleep, and do not stir up anger that has long been hidden." A very elegant Latin expression of the advice to let sleeping dogs lie.


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 great reference to bad handwriting, confusis literis, in the ancient world: Absolutus quidem est Clodius, quum plerique iudices (ne, si condemnassent, in periculo uersarentur apud plebem; sin absoluissent, in infamia apud optimates essent) confusis literis tulissent sententias.

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 making statues of the gods: Non ex quovis trunco fieri potest Mercurius (English: You can't make a Mercury from just any block of wood).


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 Cancri numquam recte ingrediuntur (English: Crabs never walk straight). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Bonus vir nemo est, nisi qui bonus est omnibus (English: No one is good unless he is good to everyone).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb in Leonine verse form is: Contra vim mortis non est medicamen in hortis (English: Against the power of death there is no remedy in the garden).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cecinimus vobis, et non saltastis (English: We sang for you, and you did not dance - a saying Polydorus took from the Gospel of Matthew).

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Ubique patria (English: Home is everywhere - a very cosmopolitan motto!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Optima sperando spiro (English: By hoping for the best things, I breathe - a nice variation on the famous saying, dum spiro, spero).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Tepidus es et nec frigidus nec calidus (Rev. 3:16). 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 Sub omni lapide scorpius dormit (English: There's a scorpion sleeping under every rock... so: watch out!).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is In mediis sitiens stat Tantalus undis (English: Tantalus stands thirsting in the middle of the water - an allusion to the proverbial punishment of Tantalus in the underworld).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὸν τρέχοντα ἐρέθιζε (English: Spur on the one running - which is to say, even if the horse is already running spur him on even faster).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Canis et Bovis, the famous story of the dog in the manger.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE HERINACEIS VIPERAS HOSPITES EIICIENTIBUS, the story about the hedgehogs and the vipers which Barlow has illustrated with porcupines, as you can see here:

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

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