Thursday, February 10, 2011

Round-Up: February 10

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is GENS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Cuncti gens una sumus., "We are all one people."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for VACCA, the cow, and VIPERA, the viper.

PROVERB PODCAST: The latest podcasts are for Nihil sine labore , "Nothing without effort," and Minerva auxiliante, manum etiam admove , "With Athena as your helper, move your arm, too!"

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Pisces e Sartagine Exsilientes, a story about "out of the frying pan, into the fire."

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Caprae Silvestres et Caprarius, the story of the goatherd who thought he could make the wild goats his own. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Grus et Cornix, the story of the alliance between the crane and the crow, and Canis Villicus et Herus Ingratus, the story of the mongrel and his cruel master.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Sick Kite and The Hares Weary of Life. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Fowle's Second Easy Latin Reading Book, which is most interesting for its inclusion of materials from Ovid's Heroides!

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Ultra aspicio (English: I look beyond).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Liber medicina animi (English: A book is medicine for the soul.)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sapiens a se ipso pendet (English: The wise man relies on himself). 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: Beneficium qui nescit dare, iniuste petit (English: Someone who doesn't know how to do a favor shouldn't ask for one).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Non curat numerum lupus (English: The wolf doesn't care about the number of flock - in other words, the shepherd can keep a count of his sheep, but that will not deter the wolf; from Adagia 2.4.99).

For an image today, here is Minerva, who appears in the proverb podcast cited above: 790. Minerva et Naufragus. Dives quidam Atheniensis olim cum aliis nonnullis navigabat. Tempestate autem ingenti exorta, subversaque navi, reliqui omnes se natatu servarunt. Sed Atheniensis, subinde Minervam invocans, sescenta ei promittebat si ex undis eriperetur, cum adnatans ex naufragis unus “Cum Minerva,” inquit, “tu quoque manus move.” (source):

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