Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Round-Up: February 2

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is PATER - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Crudelitatis mater est avaritia, pater furor, "Greed is the mother of cruelty, and her father is rage."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for HINNULUS, the fawn, and TINEA, the moth.

PROVERB PODCAST: The latest podcasts are for Nulla dies sine linea, "No day without a line," and Sapere aude , "Dare to be wise."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Corvus et Vulpes Mortem Simulans, the story of the fox who tried to fool the birds by playing dead, but who could not fool the crow!

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Adolescens Piger, the funny story about the boy who didn't want to get up out of bed. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Milvus et Aquila, the story of the kite who married the eagle, and Hirundo et Turdus, the story of the swallow who wanted to be friends with the thrush.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are Juno and the Peacock and The He and She Goats. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Bruns' Latin Reader, a 19th-century Latin reader with about 70 pages of easy Latin reading, mostly in Roman history.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Virtus vincit invidiam (English: Excellence overcomes envy).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Volentem bovem ducito (English: Lead the ox that is willing).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Dulcior est fructus, post multa pericula ductus (English: The fruit is sweeter when it has been obtained by many perils).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Num custos fratris mei sum? (Genesis 4:9). 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: Echinus partum procrastinat, vel cuncatur: A proverbe applied unto hem that delayeth a matter to his owne payne and trouble.

For an image today, here is the fox playing dead, 439. Corvus et Vulpes Mortem Simulans. Esuriens vulpes, ut aliquam simplicem avem fallere posset, abiecit se in viam, quasi mortua esset, ne vererentur illae advolare ad se. Corvus autem intuitus illam diligentius, spirare vulpem animadvertit. Itaque circumvolitans, “Non meus,” inquit, “oculus minus est subdolus quam cor tuum.” Fabula proverbii sententiam innuit, quo dicitur: furem esse furi manifestum, et lupum lupo. (source - easy version).

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