Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Round-Up: January 5

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: Nonae Ianuariae, the Nones of January (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TAM - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Diliges proximum tuum tamquam teipsum, "You will cherish your neighbor as your own self."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for LOCUSTA, the lobster, and TESTUDO, the turtle.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mures Duo, the famous story of the city mouse and the country mouse.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Piscator Aquam Verberans, the fisherman who roiled the waters. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Accipiter et Galli Duo, the roosters who chose the hawk as their judge, and Aquila, Pennis Avulsis, the story of the captured eagle who had her feathers torn out.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Fox and the Dragon and The Trees Protected by the Gods. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are two collections of Aesop in English - Pratt-Chadwick's Aesop's Fables and Boothby's Fables and Satires.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached the very beginnings of the founding of Rome on the Tibur. (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: Audeo (English: I dare).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Senectus vitae hiems (English: Old age is the winter of life)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Animum debes mutare, non caelum (English: You should change your state of mind, not the sky overhead). 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: Malefacere qui vult, numquam non causam invenit (English: Someone who wants to do wrong never fails to find a reason).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Hydram secas (English: You're slashing a hydra - but, of course, since its heads grow back, you are not going to accomplish very much, unless you happen to be Hercules; from Adagia 1.10.9).

Here's an image to accompany that last proverb, with Hercules slaying the Lernean hydra (image source):