Monday, December 21, 2009

Round-Up: December 21

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 duodecimum 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 Owen's epigrams, with a word list at as usual:
Trita magis iuris quam iustitiae via, quanquam
Iuris iter longum, || iustitiaeque breve est.
English: "The way of the law is more well-worn than the way of justice, even though the journey by way of law is long, while the journey by way of justice is short." In an ideal world, on the other hand, we would live guided by justice without need of laws, and we would reach perfection all the more quickly. :-)


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 concludes the discussion of Caesar's leadership skills and style: ln itinere aliquando ui tempestatis in tugurium pauperis cuiusdam compulsus, quum nihil reperisset praeter unum cubiculum uix uni recipiendo sufficiens, ad amicos dixit : Honestiora optimis, necessaria infirmissimis concedenda; idque cubiculum Oppio ad quietem concessit, ipse cum reliquis sub uestibulo ostii dormiuit.

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 about the imperative of hunger: Etiam stultis acuit ingenium fames (English: Hunger sharpens the wits even of fools).


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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Serviendo (English: By serving - a great motto, and one which shows that you can create a motto by the gerund form of any verb that expresses your purpose and plan for life).

3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Citius, altius, fortius (English: Faster, higher, and stronger - a motto made famous by the Olympics).

3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: Today's 3-word motto with verb is Crescam ut prosim (English: I will grow so that I can do good).

2-Word Proverbs: Today's 2-word proverb is: Ignem dissecas (English: You're trying to cut a fire to pieces - a proverbial fool's errand, since the fire doesn't mind being cut!).

3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Magna vis necessitas (English: Necessity is a mighty force).

3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word proverb with verb is Amor tollit timorem (English: Love removes fear).

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Vitae sal amicitia (English: Friendship is the salt of life). 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 In tali tales capiuntur flumine pisces (English: Big fish are caught in big rivers, little fish in little ones - a proverb you can see illustrated in my Proverbia de Piscibus).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe etiam stultus fuit opportuna locutus (English: Often even the fool has said something to the point).

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Necessitas quod celat, frustra quaeritur (English: If is fruitless to look for what necessity has hidden).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Maledictus homo qui confidit in homine (English: Cursed is the man who puts his trust in a man - a saying from the book of Jeremiah).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Ecce, merces vestra multa in caelo (Luke 6:23). 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 Decipula murem cepit (English: The trap has caught the mouse; from Adagia 3.4.92 - a saying used whenever someone has gotten his just deserts).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Annus clibanum (English: Annus invented the oven; from Adagia 1.10.75 - Annus is a legendary Egyptian credited with the invention of the oven and baked bread; the proverb refers to someone who discovers a marvelous invention).

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Calidum prandium comedisti: Thou haste don that will tourne to their great hurt and damage. (The saying itself comes from Plautus and refers to the fact that you pay the price of indigestion for the hot food you've eaten!)

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πέτρας σπείρεις (English: You're sowing stones… which is not going to give you a very profitable crop!).


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Passer ad Leporem, the story of a sparrow who mocked a rabbit in the clutches of an eagle.

Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Silens Nox, a Latin version of "Silent Night," along with Hodie Christus natus est and also Usque Bethlehem, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Do Betlejem pełni radości."

If you are reading this at the blog, here is an audio performance of Hodie Christus natus est.

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at

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