Saturday, January 1, 2011

JANUARY 1 2011 ... !!!

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: Kalendae Ianuariae, the Kalends of January (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar - I've updated it for the year 2011 now, too!).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ANNUS - a word in honor of the new year! 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 Aesopus et Arcus, a story with a great lesson about taking it easy... no matter how strict your New Year's Resolutions might be!

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for TALPA, the mole, and GRUS, the crane.

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

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Milvus et Lampetra, the kite and the lamprey, and Prometheus et Satyrus, the story of the satyr who embraced the fire.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Kohler's Das Tierleben im Sprichwort der Griechen und Romer and Vaenius's Quinti Horatii Flacci Emblemata, an emblem book inspired by the poetry of Horace!

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Salomone sapientior (English: Wiser than Solomon).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In omnia promptus (English: Ready for everything).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Viscum fugiens, avis in laqueos incidit (English: Fleeing the snare, the bird falls into the net - a version of "out of the frying pan, into the fire," but with birds instead of fish).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Gratis accepistis, gratis date (English: You have taken freely; give freely).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Simonidis cantilenae (English: The songs of Simonides; from Adagia 2.9.12 - This refers to the tradition that Simonides of Ceos was the poet who first perfected the craft of writing poetry for money, on commission).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Νεκρὸς οὐ δάκνει (English: A dead man does not bite.).

For an image today, here is Janus, the god of "January," shown here in one of the Alciato emblems: