Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Round-Up: September 1

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: Kalendae Septembres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is VIGINTI - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. I didn't have any good proverbs or sayings this time, so I described the finger multiplication method, based on the idea of the Roman V as the five fingers of the hand, etc.

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include an important note about using with the fables. This is also where you can download your free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Leo, Lepus, et Cerva, a story about the perils of greed.

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Asinus et Canis, a fable in praise of the simple life.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are Swallow and Other Birds and The Hunted Bever.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Segnitiem fugito (English: Flee sloth - I like the idea of sloth is some kind of dangerous predator you have to flee as you would flee a lion or a bear!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas optima rerum (English: Freedom is the best of things).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Est avi cuique nidus formosus ubique (English: o each bird, its own nest is always beautiful).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Inter os et offam multum interest (English: Much can happen between the morsel and the mouth - or, as we say in English, "there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip").

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Pactoli opes (English: The wealth of the Pactolus; from Adagia 1.6.75 - this is a proverbial expression for great wealth, referring to the Pactolus river in Lydia which has golden-colored sands on its shores - King Midas supposedly freed himself from the curse of the golden touch by washing himself in this river).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει (English: An elephant doesn't bite a mouse - which is to say, the elephant doesn't sweat the small stuff!).

Today's image is for the fable of the wise sheep who rebuffs the tricks of the deer and the wolf, 298. Ovis, Cervus, et Lupus: Cervus modium tritici ovem rogabat, lupo sponsore. At illa, dolum praemetuens, “Lupus semper adsuevit rapere atque abire; tu de conspectu fugere veloci impetu. Ubi vos requiram, cum dies advenerit?”

Ovis, Cervus et Lupus - Osius