Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Round-Up: September 28

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 Twittering again now at Aesopus and AesopusEnglish.

HODIE: ante diem quintum Kalendas Octobres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is AUTEM - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Alios potes effugere, te autem numquam, "You can flee others; you can never flee yourself."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include lots of new illustrated 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 Viatores Duo et Latro, a fable about "share and share alike."

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Venator Meticulosus, a story about being careful what you ask for!

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Sir Roger L'Estrange, Wright's verse translation of La Fontaine, and Pratt's Aesop for children.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at SchoolhouseWidgets.com.

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Nil recrastines (English: Put nothing off until tomorrow).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pax et iustitia (English: Peace and justice - a very fine motto indeed).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Elephantus culicem non curat (English: An elephant has no interest in a gnat - in other words, don't sweat the small stuff).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sisyphium portas saxum (English: You're carrying the rock of Sisyphus - we've probably all had days like that!).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Zoili sunt (English: They are Zoiluses; from Adagia 2.5.8 - Zoilus was a 4th-century Cynic philosopher who was notorious for being critical of everyone and everything; he was especially famous for his criticisms of Homer, and thus earned the nickname "Homer's scourge," Homeromastix).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Γέρων πίθηκος οὐχ' ἁλίσκεται πάγῃ (English: An old monkey is not caught in a snare... so watch out for us old monkeys, ha ha).

For today's image, here is the Medici Aesop's fishing story: 852. Piscatores et Piscis Insperatus. Piscatores, iactis in mari retibus, diu multumque fatigati, nil ceperant. Et iam taedio, labore, ac desperatione victi, abire decreverant, Fortunam incusantes, cum, insperato, piscis immanis, ab alio actus, in ipsam piscatorum tristium scapham insilit, quem hi, supra modum laetantes, comprehendunt et Fortunae Deae acceptum referunt, quod ars diu tentata negaverat. (source)

Piscatores et Fortuna