Friday, December 11, 2009

Round-Up: December 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.

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus Decembres. 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 Cato's Distichs, with a word list at as usual:
Rebus in adversis animum submittere noli:
Spem retine; spes una hominem nec morte relinquit.
English: "Don't get discouraged in difficult situations: keep hold of hope; hope alone does not desert a person even in death." Hope, Spes, was a goddess after all!


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 portion finishes Granius Petro's story: Caesaris milites non accipere, sed dare salutem consueuisse inquiens, se ipsum gladio transegit.

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: Sero in periculis est consilium quaerere (English: It's too late to seek advance in the midst of dangers).


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

2-Word Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is actually just one word long: Audaciter (English: Boldly - there's no verb; so, whatever you do, do it boldly - you could call it the Star Trek motto: to boldly go...).

3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Victoria non praeda (English: Victory, not spoils).

3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: Today's 3-word motto with verb is Antiquum assero decus (English: I lay claim to ancient honor - notice the nice way the nominal phrase wraps around the verb).

2-Word Proverbs: Today's 2-word proverb is: Fluctus numeras (English: You are counting the waves - another one of those proverbial fool's errands).

3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Contra nando incrementum (English: Increase by swimming against the tide - and check out this marvelous sign displaying the motto).

3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word proverb with verb is Semper Saturnalia agere (English: To be always celebrating Saturnalia - a great saying for this time of the year, when it is nice to imagine a holiday season that would go on forever!).

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Cani indicium sunt temporis, non sapientiae (English: White hair is a sign of time, not of wisdom). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Non cum leone caprea pugnare audeat (English: The nanny-goat should not dare to fight with the lion - a fuller version of the proverb we had about the nanny-goat just the other day).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Dum caput infestat, dolor omnia membra molestat (English: When the head is unwell, pain afflicts every limb).

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Nil est miserius, quam ubi pudet, quod feceris (English: There is nothing more miserable than when you are ashamed of something you've done).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nilum habetis et vinum quaeritis (English: You've got the Nile, and you're looking for wine - the words supposedly spoken by Pescennius Niger to his soldiers, hence the second-person plural form).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Bonae vitae numerus dierum; bonum autem nomen permanebit in aevo (Sirach 41:13). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Litem movebit, si vel asinus canem momorderit (English: He'll file a lawsuit even if a donkey has so much as bitten a dog; from Adagia 1.8.98).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Harmodii cantilena (English: The song of Harmodius; from Adagia 2.10.93 - this refers to something utterly sad, such as Aristogeiton sang upon the death of his lover Harmodius, before he, too, died in the famous assassination attempt on the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchus).

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Richard Raverner: Domum cum facis ne relinquas impolitam: When thou makest an house leave it not unfinished. By this we be bidden, that what so ever matter or affayres wee once beginne, wee bryng the same to a perfecte and full ende.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀγεωμέτρητος μηδεὶς εἰσίτω (English: Let no one come in who is without geometry - a saying supposedly displayed at the entrance to Plato's Academy).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Anaticula Turpis, which is the story of Hans Christian Andersen's "Ugly Duckling" in Latin.

Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog O Hanukkah, a Latin version of "The Hanukkah Song" in honor of the beginning of Hanukkah, along with Personent hodie and also Dormi iam, mi Jesu, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Lulajże Jezuniu." Here's an image in honor of the beginning of Hanukkah:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at


Anonymous said...

The Vulgate verse appears to be from Sir 41.16 instead of 41.13.

Laura Gibbs said...

Thanks, Grace - especially for the apocryphal books of the Bible, the verse numbering sometimes varies from edition to edition, in addition to my mistakes in typing. I'll doublecheck on that and see what I can figure out. Thank you!