Saturday, February 12, 2011

Round-Up: February 12

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is EXPONO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Qui se exponit periculo, peribit in illo, "He who exposes himself to danger will die thereby."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for MOLOSSUS , an ancient dog breed, and PERCA, the perch.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Serpens et Filius Eius, the story of something like a snake mafioso.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Aesopus et Arcus, a story about Aesop and the importance of taking a break now and then. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Sus et Canis Venaticus, the pig who doesn't understand the rewards of being a good dog, and Canis et Dominus Morans, the story of a dog ready to go for a walk.

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

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Fowle's First Easy Latin Reading Book - Aesop's Fables, a set of 20 fables for beginning readers with notes and vocabulary.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Leonem radere (English: To shave the lion - which is a dangerous business indeed!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nunquam non fidelis (English: Never unfaithful).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Anguilla a digitis saepe est dilapsa peritis (English: An eel has often slipped through experienced fingers - and of course that can be a real eel, or a metaphorical one!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Oderint dum metuant (English: Let them hate me, so long as they fear me - words infamously attributed to Caligula).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Λύπης πάσης γίνετ' ἰατρὸς χρόνος (English: Time is the doctor of all pain).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ultra Epimenidem dormis (English: You're sleeping longer than Epimenides; from Adagia 1.9.64). Epimenides is the Greek philosopher who supposedly fell asleep in a cave for nearly sixty years and, when he awoke, he found he had the power of prophecy. Here is a Renaissance image in honor of Epimenides!

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