HODIE: ante diem quintum 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 time it's another one of the elegant little epigrams of Owen, with a word list at NoDictionaries.com as usual:
Tempore Troiani belli si nata fuisses,English: "If you had been born at the time of the Trojan War, Troy would have been worth losing for your sake." It's a round-about way of telling a woman that her beauty rivals that of Helen of Troy - although she's got to figure that out for herself since the poem does not mention Helen by name!
Digna fuit causa || Troia perire tua.
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 further describes his efficient time management while on campaign: Ea expeditione exercuit se praeterea ut inter equitandum epistolas dictaret, idque duobus, et, ut Oppius ait, etiam pluribus diuersas.
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: Duos insequens lepores, neutrum capit (English: By chasing two rabbits, he catches neither… a good thought to keep in mind during the hectic holidays!).
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.
Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny one-word motto is: Ascendo (English: I rise up).
3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sincere et constanter (English: Sincerely and steadfastly).
3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: Today's 3-word motto with verb is Certa bonum certamen (English: Fight the good fight).
2-Word Proverbs: Today's 2-word proverb is: Pulsanti aperietur (English: It will be opened to the one who knocks).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dei omnia plena (English: All things are full of God).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word proverb with verb is Certa praestant incertis (English: Sure things are preferable to things that are not sure).
Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Fames optimus est coquus (English: Hunger is the best cook). 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 Hic cocti porci ambulant (English: Here there are roast pigs walking around - a Latin version of the "Land of Cockaigne").
Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe natatores submerguntur meliores (English: Often swimmers drown, even the better ones).
Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Quem diligis, ni recte moneas, oderis (English: You will come to hate the man you love, unless you admonish him rightly).
Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lerna malorum (English: It's a Lerna of troubles - most famously, Lerna was the home of the savage hydra).
Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Non in pane solo vivet homo (Matt. 4:4). 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 In pace leones (English: Lions in time of peace - although, of course, it's easy to roar like a lion when there are no enemies around; from Adagia 4.5.80).
Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Nunc pluit, et claro nunc Iuppiter aethere fulget (English: Now Jupiter rains, and now he shines forth from the clear sky; from Adagia 1.8.65).
Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Iustitia in se virtutem complectitur omnem: Justice compriseth in it al vertue. He that is a perfect righteous or iust man, without question lacketh no vertue.
Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Βίος ἀνεόρταστος, μακρὴ ὁδὸς ἀπανδόκευτος. Vita expers festi, longa via sine hospitio (English: Life is long without holidays, the road is long without a wayside inn).
Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Vulpes et Uvae, the famous story of the fox and the supposedly sour grapes.
Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Canticum Turbonis, a Latin version of "The Dreidel Song" in honor of the end of Hanukkah, along with Heu! quid jaces stabulo and also Heri nocte prima, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "A wczoraj z wieczora."
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