Thursday, October 1, 2009

Round-Up: October 1

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: Kalendae 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 a bit of Horace from his dactylic poetry, with a word list at
Inter spem curamque, timores inter et iras
omnem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum;
grata superveniet quae non sperabitur hora.
English: "In the midst of hope and worry, of fear and anger, believe that every day that has dawned is your last; welcome will come the hour unhoped for." You can see some parallel passages from Horace collected at Michael Gilleland's marvelous Laudator Temporis Acti blog.


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 continues the description of Cassus: Crasso apud creditores, qui maxime instabant, octingenta triginta talenta intercedente, in prouinciam suam abiit.

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: Male vivunt, qui se semper victuros putant (English: People who think they are going to live forever do a bad job of living).


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 Echinus partum differt (English: The hedgehog postpones its giving birth). 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: Fidem qui perdit, quo se servet reliquo? (English: If you lose faith, what do you have left that can save you).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb in Leonine verse form is: Esto laborator et erit Deus auxiliator (English: You be the worker, and God will your helper).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Beati pauperes spiritu (English: Blessed are the poor in spirit).

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Pingui Minerva (English: With a fat Minerva - which is to say, with a thick-headed, slow-witted intelligence, with Minerva=Athena as the personification of wisdom).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Sapiens dominabitur astris (English: The wise man will rule over the stars).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Ubi non est scientia animae, non est bonum (Proverbs 19:2). 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 Graculus graculo assidet (English: One daw sits next to another - in other words, birds of a feather flock together).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Γέρων πίθηκος οὐχ' ἁλίσκεται πάγῃ (English: An old monkey is not caught in a snare).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Pars Montium, the story of the mountain that gave birth to a mouse.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE RANA ET VULPE, the story of the frog who thought she was a physician.

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Crasso nummatior (English: Richer than Crassus.) Crassus's wealth was very great indeed, as you can read in Caesar's biographical 'tweet' for today, supra. Since Crassus came up twice today, I thought it would be good to include an image of a bust of that most wealthy Roman - whose net worth Forbes estimates at what would be $170 billion today.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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