Saturday, October 2, 2010

Round-Up: October 2

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 sextum Nonas Octobres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is RELINQUO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Assueta relinquere durum est., "it is hard to give up familiar things."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include lots of new illustration slideshows including a great set of images from Aunt Louisa's Oft Told Tales. 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 Formicae et Cicada, the famous story of the ants and the grasshopper.

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

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Amo pacem (English: I love peace).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Lupus in fabula (English: Speak of the wolf - or, as we would say in English, speak of the devil!)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Cibus non qui plurimus, sed qui suavissimus (English: Food: not the largest quantity but the most pleasant). 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: Maximo periclo custoditur, quod multis placet (English: Something that many people want is hardest to protect).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Echinus partum differt (English: The hedgehog delays giving birth; from Adagia 2.4.82 - the idea being that things actually get, worse, not better, the longer she puts it off, as the little hedgehogs get pricklier and pricklier!).

Today's image is from Aunt Louisa's Oft Told Tales as mentioned above - as you can see, it is the famous story of the city mouse and the country mouse! The mice, as you can see, are BIG. :-)