Saturday, January 29, 2011

Round-Up: January 29

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is the relative pronoun QUI - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Dives est qui nihil cupit, "The man is wealthy who desires nothing."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for PERDIX, the partridge, and IUVENCUS , the calf.

PROVERB PODCAST: I've finished my first week of podcasts and have a review post here - I'll start up again this week for a new week of Latin sayings about teaching.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Platanus et Viatores, the story of the ungrateful men and the plane tree.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Tigris et Venatores, the sad story of the tiger and the cubs. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Ovis, Lupus, et Pacis Osculum, the story of the sheep and the treacherous wolf, and Porcus et Nautae, a funny little story about a very stoic little pig.

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

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book isAllen & Greenough's New Latin Grammar, a great reference book which I wanted to include today since I included a link to this book in the post about the word of the day, qui.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached the story of Philip and the Second Macedonian 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: Servabo fidem (English: I will keep the faith).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Ex scintilla incendium (English: From a spark, a fire)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is In vestimentis non est sapientia mentis (English: Wisdom of mind is not in the clothing.). 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: Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum (English: No one ever reached the top by being afraid).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Vulpinari cum vulpe oportet (English: You've got to play the fox when dealing with a fox; from Adagia 1.2.28).

For an image today, here is the story of the plane tree, 719. Platanus et Viatores. Viatores, aestatis tempore nimio meridiani solis calore laborantes, cum platanum vidissent, sub eam confugerunt, eiusque strati sub umbra recubuerunt. Ad eam deinde conversis oculis, “Quam est inutilis,” inter se aiebant, “haec arbor hominibus et infructuosa!” Illa vero respondens, “O vos,” inquit, “ingratos, qui meo adhuc beneficio fruentes, inutilem me infructuosamque vocatis.” (source - easy version):

Platanus et Viatores

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