Friday, December 24, 2010

Round-Up: December 24

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 nonum Kalendas Ianuarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

HOLIDAY SONGS: The Latin holiday songs for today are: En, Nocte Venit Media, a Latin version of "It Came upon a Midnight Clear," along with Misellum, silens, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Mizerna cicha."

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is AQUA - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Eunt anni more fluentis aquae, "The years go by like flowing water."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Aquila et Leo, Amici, the story of the lion who was reluctant to befriend the eagle.

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for FALCO, the falcon, and MUSCA, the fly.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Piscator et Calamus, the story of the piping fisherman. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book - and there's an English fable of the day, too.)

AESOP SLIDESHOW: Today's Aesop slideshows are Simia et Vulpis Cauda, the story of the monkey who wanted to borrow a part of the fox's tail, and Camelus et Iuppiter, the story of the camel who wanted horns. (For all the Aesop images, visit Flickr.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Glandorpius's Latihnsche Disticha and Oesterley's Gesta Romanorum, which happens to be my favorite collection of medieval folklore!

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Ex sese (English: By my own efforts).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nihil diu occultum (English: Nothing remains long hidden)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Collecta dirige, electa age (English: ODDA, observe - orient - decide - act). 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: Quod est venturum, sapiens ut praesens cavet (English: The wise man guards against what is to come as if it were already here).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Mortuo leoni et lepores insultant (English: Even rabbits insult the dead lion; from Adagia 4.7.82).

For an image today, here is the camel petitioning Jupiter, 143. Camelus et Iuppiter. Camelus, se despiciens, querebatur tauros ire geminis cornibus insignes, se inermem obiectum esse ceteris animalibus; orat Iovem cornua sibi donare. Iuppiter cameli stultitiam ridet; nec modo negat votum, verum et decurtat bestiae auriculas. Quisque sit contentus sua Fortuna; etenim multi, meliorem secuti, peiorem incurrere. (source)

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