HODIE: ante diem quartum 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 another one of the emblems of Alciato:
Bellerophon ut fortis eques superare ChimaeramYou can read an English version of the poem and see the emblem at the Memorial University Web Edition of Alciato.
Et Lycii potuit || sternere monstra soli;
Sic tu Pegaseis vectus petis aethera pennis.
Consilioque animi || monstra superba domas.
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 tells us more about Caesar's communication style - don't you know he would have loved email??? - Ferunt id quoque primum omnium Caesarem excogitasse, ut per codicillos cum amicis colloqueretur, quod coram de rebus maxime necessariis agere et urbis magnitudo et negotiorum multitudo non pateretur.
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: Tota hominis vita unus est dies (English: All the life of a man is one day).
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 motto is a single word: Teneo (English: I have it in my grasp).
3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Per mille ardua (English: Through a thousand challenges).
3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: Today's 3-word motto with verb is Ad astra sequor (English: I reach for the stars).
2-Word Proverbs: Today's 2-word proverb is: Remis velisque (English: With oars and with sails - which is to say, with all available speed!).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Crambe repetita mors (English: Warmed over cabbage is death... this one always makes me laugh because my husband can't stand cabbage the first time around, much less leftovers).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word proverb with verb is Labor omnia superat (English: Hard work overcomes all things).
Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Noli irritare leones (English: Do not provoke the lions!). 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 Praebet candoris lac nigri vacca coloris (English: The cow who is black proffers milk that is white... a nice agricultural example of how paradoxical appearances can be).
Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Doctrinae cultus spernit nemo, nisi stultus (English: The cultivation of learning is rejected by no one, unless he's a fool).
Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Necessitati quodlibet telum utile est (English: Necessity makes use of any weapon at hand).
Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Fodere non valeo, mendicare erubesco (English: I haven't the strength to dig; I am ashamed to beg - a passage from the Gospel of Luke about the steward facing sudden poverty).
Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Sit vestrum est est, non non (Sit vestrum est est, non non). 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 Leo cordula vinctus (English: The lion is bound with a little rope; from Adagia 4.5.73).
Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Boeotis vaticinare (English: To prophecy to the Boeotians; from Adagia 2.3.11 - which is a dangerous thing, because of what happened to a certain Bombus who prophesied to the Boeotians that in order to win in battle they would have to sacrifice one of their generals; the Boeotians decided to sacrifice Bombus instead).
Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Terra defossum habes: Proverbially spoken of hem that hideth his giftes and doth not exercise them to the use of other.
Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἡ κάμηλος ἐπιθυμήσασα κεράτων, καὶ τὰ ὦτα προσαπώλεσεν (English: The camel, wanting to get horns, lost her ears in the bargain - a story told in one of Aesop's fables).
Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Lupus et Gruis, the story of the wolf and the crane, told in both prose and verse forms.
Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Tres Naves, a Latin version of "I Saw Three Ships," along with Quem Pastores Laudavere and also Fratres, en spectate, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Bracia, patrzcie jeno!"
For those of you reading this at the blog, here is a video performance of Quem Pastores Laudavere:
Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.