Sunday, January 9, 2011

Round-Up: January 9

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: antediem quintum Idus Ianuarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is COMEDO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Comedamus et bibamus, cras enim moriemur, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die" (that being your metaphorical tomorrow, thank goodness).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for OLOR, the swan, and CANCER, the crab.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Luscinia et Accipiter, the story of the hawk and the nightingale, one of the most ancient of Aesop's fables, attested already in the poetry of Hesiod..

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Mors et Pauper, the story of the man who was not as ready to die as he originally thought. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Corvus Medicus et Aquila, the story of the wicked crow playing doctor, and Monedula Esuriens et Vulpes, the story of the jackdaw and the unripe fits, with some advice from a fox.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Dog and the Lamb and Simonides Shipwrecked. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Otto's Die Sprichwörter und sprichwörtlichen Redensarten der Römer and Sutphen's supplement to Otto.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached Mommsen's review of the Etruscans and Greeks in Italy. (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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Sumus filii Dei (English: We are God's children).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Auribus lupum teneo (English: I'm holding the wolf by the ears - too dangerous to let go, and too dangerous to hold!).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Non domus est pacis, ubi regnat lingua loquacis (English: The house where the tongue of a talkative person rules is not a house of peace).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Non potestis Deo servire et mamonae (Matt. 6:24). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Ilias malorum: A proverbe used, when many and great mischiefes and mysfortunes happen to a man togeather. .

For an image today, here is the story of the old man and death, 816. Mors et Pauper. Pauper quidam lignorum fasciculum portabat humeris. Longo deinde itinere fatigatus, onere se levavit, consedit humi, et flebili voce advocavit Mortem. Illa continuo adest, interrogans quid se velit. Respondet pauper, “Humi ut tolleres hunc fascem mihi, huc ego te vocavi.” Adeo in miseris etiam vitae amantes sunt mortales. (source)

Senex et Mors