Proverbium Diurnum: Sine pennis volare haud facile est

Sine pennis volare haud facile est. (Anonymous)

pron= SEE-nay PEHN-nees woh-LAH-ray -howd FAH-kih-lay ehst.

Without wings it is not easy to fly.

Comment: Pay attention. It is not impossible to fly without wings–just not easy. This proverb makes me think…[more]

(via Bob Patrick’s Latin Proverb of the Day)

Latin Christmas Carols

Via Laura Gibb’s outstanding blog, Bestiaria Latina, comes this list of Latin Christmas Carols:

December 1: Rudolphus
December 2: Angelus ad Virginem
December 3: Aquifolia Ornate
December 4: A Solis Ortus Cardine
December 5: O Viri, Este Hilares
December 6: Conditor Alme Siderum
December 7: Angeli Canunt Praecones
December 8: Regis Olim Urbe David
December 9: Gaudium Mundo
December 10: Resonet in Laudibus
December 11: Adeste Fideles
December 12: Christe, Redemptor Omnium
December 13: Dum Servant Pecus Pastores
December 14: Primum Noel Cecinit Angelus
December 15: In Dulci Iubilo
December 16: Procul in Praesaepi
December 17: Gaudete
December 18: Quem Pastores Laudavere
December 19: Orientis Reges Tres
December 20: Lapsi Caelo Super Gentes
December 21: Silens Nox
December 22: Corde Natus Ex Parentis
December 23: Veni, Veni Emmanuel!
December 24: En, Nocte Venit Media
December 25: O Parve Vice Bethlehem
December 26: Rex Wenceslaus
December 27: Tinnitus, Tinnitus
December 28: XII Dies Natalis
December 29: Dormi Jesu
December 30: Somnio Candidum Diem
December 31: Auld Lang Syne

Nuntii Latini

The latest from YLE Radio 1’s Nuntii Latini, Finland’s Latin-language radio service (I did not just make that up… you can listen to it here):

Finnia constitutionem Unionis Europaeae accepit

08.12.2006, klo 10.18

Suffragio facto parlamentum Finniae legem fundamentalem Unionis Europaeae accepit. 

Halonen de statu Russiae sollicita

08.12.2006, klo 10.17

Praesidens Finniae Tarja Halonen dixit se caedibus in Russia politicis et evolutione eius iuridica sollicitari.

Nova victima veneficorum

08.12.2006, klo 10.16

Jegor Gaidar, olim primus minister Russiae, mense Novembri (24.11.) in Irlandia in morbum insolitum incidit.

Kofi Annan: In Iraquia bellum civile (08.12.2006, klo 10.14)

Cometes periculosus (08.12.2006, klo 10.13)

Penelope Cruz actrix Europaea 2006 (08.12.2006, klo 10.11)

Fun with Greek Particles

From Michael Gilleland comes word that knowledge of Greek particles can save you from an unwelcome engagement:

Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Blood for the Ghosts: Classical Influences in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983), p. 82:

We are told that when Gaisford said to his pretty daughter ‘You can’t turn down Jelf; he knows more about γε than any man in Oxford’, Miss Gaisford is said to have replied that she knew something about μέν.

Horace’s Birthday

Today is the birthday of the Roman poet Horace. We know the exact date from Suetonius’ Life of Horace (tr. J.C. Rolfe):

He was born on the sixth day before the Ides of December in the consulate of Lucius Cotta and Lucius Torquatus [65 BCE].

natus est VI Idus Decembris L. Cotta et L. Torquato consulibus.

Suetonius’ De Poetis also provides us with biographies of Terence, Lucan, Vergil, Tibullus, Persius, Crispus, and Pliny the Younger.

[Tip: Michael Gilleland]

Nuntii Latini

The latest from Ephemeris (world news round-up in Latin): De commutatione apud Fidzienses (Fiji), De Beryti intercessionibus, and Polonio plures, quam antea putabatur, veneficio Londinii affectos esse.

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