Monday, January 17, 2011

Round-Up: January 17

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 decimum Kalendas Februarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is EXPENDO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Parvae expensae saepe factae consumunt patrimonium, "Small expenses, incurred often, can devour your estate."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for PEDICULUS, the louse, and TURTUR, the turtle-dove.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Sol et Ventus, the contest between the sun and the wind.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Aegrotus a Medico Interrogatus, the story of the patient who was dying of good symptoms. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Aries et Taurus, the story of a self-important ram, and Agnus, Pastor, et Lanius, which is about the lamb who must choose between butcher and shepherd.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Weasel and the Old Mouse and The Bald-Man and the Fly. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Lang's Adagia, Sive Sententiae Proverbiales, a wonderful collection of Latin and Greek proverbs with brief notes about the meaning of each proverb in Latin.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached the famous Gauls - and the geese, of course. (If you are interested in joining in this Roman history project, you can find the reading schedule and all the books online, too - just visit that blog for more information).

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Sine timore (English: Without fear - I think that is a great motto, especially in today's fear-mongering society).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nihil potentius auro (English: Nothing is more powerful than gold)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ne capra contra leonem (English: A goat should not confront a lion.). 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: Mutare quod non possis, ut natum est, feras (English: What you cannot change, you must endure as it happens).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Aquila non captat muscas (English: An eagle doesn't catch flies; from Adagia 3.2.65).

For an image today, here is an illustration of the famous fable of the sun and the wind, 741. Sol et Ventus. Sol et Aquilo certabant uter sit fortior. Conventum est experiri vires in viatorem, ut palmam ferat qui excusserit viatoris manticam. Boreas horrisono turbine viatorem aggreditur. At ille non desistit, amictum gradiendo duplicans. Assumit vices Sol qui, nimbo paulatim evicto, totos emolitur radios. Incipit viator aestuare, sudare, anhelare. Tandem progredi nequiens, sub frondoso nemore, obiecta mantica, resedit, et ita Soli victoria contingebat. (source - easy version):

Sol et Boreas