Sunday, January 23, 2011

Round-Up: January 23

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is LEVIS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Multae manus onus levius faciunt, "Many hands make the burden lighter."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for CROCODILUS, the crocodile, and MONEDULA, the jackdaw.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Agnus in Templo et Lupus , the story of a lamb fleeing from a wolf.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Cerva in Speluncam Fugiens, the story of a stag who fled into a cave for safety and found a lion there instead. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Capra et Canis, the story of the hungry goat and the watch dog, and Arietes Duo et Lupus, the story of how the two rams tricked the wolf.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Man and the Ass and The Two Wallets. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book isThe Little Child's Fable Book, a collection of Aesop's fables in English, organized into fables of one syllable, of two syllables, and of three syllables.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached the First Punic War. (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: Ad alta (English: To the heights).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Victrix fortunae sapientia (English: Wisdom wins out over luck).

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Dum vitant stulti vitia, in contraria currunt (English: When fools try to avoid errors, they run into the opposite errors). 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: Stultum est vicinum velle ulcisci incendio (English: It's a foolish thing to punish your neighbor by setting his house on fire).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Chamaeleonte mutabilior (English: More changeable than a chameleon; from Adagia 3.4.1).

For an image today, here is the poor stag fleeing into the cave, 159. Cerva in Speluncam Fugiens. Cerva, venatores fugiens, in speluncam quamdam, ubi leo degebat, pervenit ut in ea nimirum ingressa lateret. Sed illico ab eo comprehensa necique parata, “Ah me infelicem,” exclamavit, “quae fugiens homines, ferae me tradidi!” Ita nonnulli hominum, minoribus periculis territi, maiora se in mala coniiciunt. (source)

Cervus Venatores Fugiens et Leo

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