Friday, October 9, 2009

Round-Up: October 9 - October 11

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.

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

HODIE: ante diem septimum Idus 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. It is another of Owen's epigrams, very much in the memento mori tradition! There's a word list at
Cor nisi cura nihil. Caro nil nisi triste cadaver.
Nasci aegrotare est, || vivere saepe mori.
English: "The heart is nothing if not worry. The flesh is nothing if not a sad corpse. To be born is to be ill, and to live is often to die." So, yes, I admit that the sentiment is very gloomy indeed - but that does not stop the epigram itself from being charmingly composed, especially that first line! Euge!


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 refers to Caesar consolidating his gains in Spain: Rebus bellicis bene compositis, ciuiles eadem felicitate constituit, ciuitates ad concordiam reducens et maxime rixas inter debitores et creditores tollens.

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 a nice rhyming one from today: Luxuriat vitis, nisi falce putare velitis (English: The vine grows out of control unless you are willing to prune it with the sickle).


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 Amicus omnibus, amicus nemini (English: A friend to all, a friend to none). 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: Heredis fletus sub persona risus est (English: eneath the mask of the heir's grief is a smile).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb in Leonine verse form is: Post mortem fumus, pulvis et umbra sumus (English: After death we are smoke, dust, and shadow).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Capilli capitis vestri omnes numerati sunt (English: All the hairs of your head are numbered).

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Rara avis (English: A rare bird - which is a saying that has quite a life of its own in English, too!).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Dat ira vires (English: Anger gives strength... which is part of what makes it so dangerous!).

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Spem sicut anchoram habemus animae, tutam ac firmam (Heb. 6:19). 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 Pisces vorant maiores minores (English: The big fish eat the little ones).

Latin Animal Proverb of the Day from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb is Gallus insilit (English: The rooster leaps up; from Adagia 3.3.22; this refers to someone, seemingly defeated in a fight, who springs back up to fight again).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Nudato Petro, Paulus tegitur (English: Peter having been stripped naked, Paul is clothed - the Latin version of "robbing Peter to pay Paul").

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Νῷ πείθου (English: Heed your mind!).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Delphinus et Pisciculus, a story about a doomed little fish, and how misery loves company.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is DE CORNICE ET URNA, the wonderful story of the crow and the pot of water - one of my favorite Aesop's fables!

In honor of Publilius's saying for today - Heredis fletus sub persona risus est - I thought I would use this tragic mask as the image for today:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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