Friday, July 16, 2010

Round-Up: July 16

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. I'm posting at Twitter again now, too! :-)

HODIE: ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Augustas (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is FLEO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Non flere, non indignari, sed intellegere, "Don't weep, don't get angry, but understand."

LATIN AND ENGLISH FABLES: Here are today's fables in Latin AND English from the English Aesop project.
I've picked out my favorite one to share with you here in the blog, The Snail and the Monkey = Coclea et Simia - this fable always makes me laugh!
A snail found a brightly shining mirror and fell in love with it; she immediately climbed up on its surface and began to lick it. She did not appear to do the mirror any good, except to cover up its splendor with slime and filth. A monkey then found the filthy mirror and said, "Those who let others walk all over them like this deservedly suffer the consequences."

Coclea repperit speculum, quod, dum nimium fulgere vidisset, adamavit et, statim ascendens super eius orbem, coepit eum delingere. Nil vero ei visa est contulisse, nisi ut splendorem salivis vel sordibus pollueret. Simia invenit id taliter inquinatum et ait, "Qui talibus se calcari permittunt, talia sustinere merentur."
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Audentior ibo (English: I will go more boldly - a motto that has a bit of a Star Trek echo!).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Silentium stultorum virtus (English: Silence is the virtue of fools)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ex bellis bella seruntur (English: From wars wars are sown). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Furor fit laesa saepius patientia (English: Patience wounded once too often becomes rage).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Semper graculus adsidet graculo (English: One jackdaw always sits next to another; from Adagia 1.2.23 - a "birds of a feather" type of saying!).

Today's image is a medieval illustration for the story of the donkey who was made into a drum (source) - you can see the sad donkey, before, on the left and after, on the right, in drum-form: