Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Round-Up: November 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 quartum Nonas Novembres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is the preposition SINE - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nulla rosa sine spinis, "There is no rose without thorns" (I'm not sure if that is literally true about roses - but it is definitely true in a metaphorical sense!).

FABULAE FACILES: There are two new easy-to-read fables: Simius Glorians et Vulpecula, a fable about "being yourself," as we would say today, and Sorex et Mus, a fable about keeping "quiet as a mouse," as the saying goes.

MILLE FABULAE: I keep adding new illustrated fables to the Mille Fabulae blog every day. This is also where you can download your free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book. Check out the new fables every day at the English Aesop blog, too.

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Veritas praevalebit (English: The truth will prevail).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Providentia melior paenitentia (English: Forethought is better than regret)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Qui primus venerit, primus molet (English: He who arrives first, will grind first - an agricultural "first come, first served"). 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: Sapiens locum dat requiescendi iniuriae (English: The wise man allows space for an outrage to settle down).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Mus non uni fidit antro (English: A mouse cannot entrust itself to just one hole; from Adagia 5.1.4).

For an image today, here is one of Bewick's marvelous Aesop engravings (source): 534. Cygnus et Ciconia. Cygnus, moriens, interrogabatur a ciconia, cur in morte, quam cetera animalia adeo exhorrent, multo suaviores quam in omni vita emitteret sonos, cum potius maestus esse deberet. Cui cygnus “Quia,” inquit, “neque cibi quaerendi cura amplius cruciabor, neque aucupum laqueos extimescam.”

Cygnus et Ciconia