HODIE: ante diem sextum 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 the sayings attributed to "Cato," with a word list at NoDictionaries.com as usual:
Quod sequitur specta quodque imminet ante videto:English: "Look at what is following you and what looms ahead: imitate that god who sees in both directions." The god he is referring to, of course, is Janus!
Illum imitare deum, partem qui spectat utramque.
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 continues the description of anonymous soldier of Caesar's heroic exploits in battle: aegre ipse euadens, in lacum sese coniecit et summa cum difficultate natando partim, partim gradiendo cum amisso scuto transii.
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: Bona fama in tenebris proprium splendorem tenet (English: A good reputation keeps shining by its own light even in the darkness).
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: Amicus amico (English: A friend to a friend - the idea being that this is someone who knows how to give friendship, in addition to receiving it, so to speak).
3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post tempestatem tranquillum (English: After the storm, calm - a statement with many possible metaphorical applications, of course).
3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: Today's 3-word motto with verb is Virtutem sequitur fama (English: Reputation follows excellence - and you need to watch out for the word order on that one; it's O-V-S, not S-O-V).
2-Word Proverbs: Today's 2-word proverb is: Titanas imploras (English: You're begging the Titans for help - an allusion to Zeus having to ask his former enemies for help in his battle against the Giants - Erasmus suggests that the saying might be appropriate for a theologian who, in desperation, has to call on philosophical argument to bolster his case, ha ha).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnia providentia dei (English: All things happen by the providence of God).
3-Word Proverbs: Nouns: Today's 3-word proverb with verb is Spes servat afflictos (English: Hope preserves those in crisis).
Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Numquam est fidelis cum potente societas (English: An alliance with someone powerful is never reliable). 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 Vetulus simius non capitur laqueo (English: The old monkey is not caught in the snare).
Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Non est tam fortis, qui rumpat vincula mortis (English: There is no man strong enough to break the bonds of death - fortis…mortis).
Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Quod vix contingit, plus voluptatis parit (English: When something is achieved with difficulty, it brings more pleasure).
Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Catelli edunt micas quae cadunt de mensa dominorum suorum (English: The puppies eat the crumbs which fall from the table of their masters - a saying inspired by the Gospels).
Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Deus personam hominis non accipit (Gal. 2:6). 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 Prius duo echini amicitiam ineant (English: Sooner than the two hedgehogs will become friends; from Adagia 2.4.83 - Erasmus supposes that it is hard for hedgehogs to become friends with each other, prickly as they are).
Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Hippolyto castior (English: More chaste than Hippolytus; from Adagia 2.10.13 - Hippolytus, of course, being notorious not just for refusing to sleep with his stepmother, but for rejecting all manner of female companionship).
Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare, who substitutes the Latin proverb with an English one: Machinas post bellum adfers: When the steede is stollen, thou steakest the stable dore.
Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐν ψύλλης δήξει Θεὸν ἐπικαλεῖται. (English: He calls upon god when he's bitten by a flea).
Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Ranae et Rex Earum, the story of the frogs who thought they wanted a king - in both verse and prose forms.
Gaudium Mundo: Today's Latin holiday songs from the Gaudium Mundo blog are: Gaudium Mundo, a Latin version of "Joy to the World," along with Deus paret, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Bóg się rodzi."
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