HODIE: ante diem sextum decimum Kalendas Ianuarias. 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 a famous little epigram by Catullus, with a word list at Diictionaries.com as usual:
Odi et amo; quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.English: "I hate and aI love; perhaps you ask why I do it. I don't know, but I feel it happening, and I am torn in two." This is one of the items which Orff included in his Carmina Catulli.
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
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 describes Caesar's excellent horsemanship: Equitare ab ineunte aetate didicerat, ac se assuefecerat ut retro abductis manibus et tergo applicatis summo impetu equum citaret.
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: Gratis accepistis, gratis date (English: You have taken freely; give freely - what you might call the philosophy of share-and-share-alike on the Internet).
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS
You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.
2-Word Mottoes: Today's 2-word motto is: Deo iuvante (English: With God's help - these little ablative absolutes make for very expressive 2-word mottoes).
3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Victoria vel mors (English: Victory, or death).
3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: Today's 3-word motto with verb is Fac aut tace. (English: Do, or be silent - in other words, don't talk about doing something: just do it).
2-Word Proverbs: Today's 2-word proverb is: Hylam vocat (English: You're shouting for Hylas - but, like poor Heracles, you will not get a response, since the water-nymphs have taken him!).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Sale nihil utilius (English: Nothing is more useful than salt).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word proverb with verb is Contra stimulum calcas (English: You're kicking again the prick of the spur).
Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Camelum saltare doces (English: You're teaching a camel to dance). 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 Scelerosum mordeat et mus (English: Even a mouse would bite a rogue - and not the very nice use of the adverbial et).
Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Rebus tranquillis, metuas adversa sub illis (English: When the situation is peaceful, watch out for dangers lurking).
Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Felicitatem in dubiis virtus impetrat (English: Courage achieves a happy outcome when things look doubtful).
Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Ferrum ferro acuitur (English: Iron is sharpened with iron).
Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Si regnum in se dividatur, non potest stare regnum illud (Mark 3:24). 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 E cantu dignoscitur avis (English: You know the bird by its song; from Adagia 4.2.21 - there are some birds, though, whose songs I recognize from hearing them in the woods, but I don't know what the bird itself looks like!).
Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Herculana scabies (English: Hercules's itch; from Adagia 2.4.26 - supposedly Athena was nice enough to supply Heracles with a bath which was able to cure the itch).
Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, again by Conybeare: Graculo cum fidibus nihil: The Jaye hath nought to doe with the harpe, spoken of them which lacking eloquence or good letters, do skorne them that have good learning.
Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐν τοῖς τόποις τυφλῶν λάμων βασιλεύει (English:In the places of the blind, the blear-eyed man is king - the word λάμων there is a variant of γλάμων).
Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Vulpis ad Personam, the story of the fox who found an actor's mask.
Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Orientis Reges Tres, a Latin version of "We Three Kings of Orient Are," along with Nascitur cum Christus, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Gdy się Chrystus rodzi."
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