Saturday, February 26, 2011

Round-Up: February 26

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.

HODIE: ante diem quartum Kalendas Martias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TEMPUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Habent omnia tempora sua, "All things have their own time."

PROVERB PODCAST: The latest podcasts are for Litteras disce, "Learn your letters," and Scito teipsum, "Know yourself."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for LACERTA , the lizard, and GLIS, the dormouse.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Epaminondas, the dramatic story of his death to be specific; see below.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Cornix et Canis , the story of the poor she-crow who wanted to have prophetic powers like the raven.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Mures Felem Contemplantes, a story about how appearances can be deceiving. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Passer et Scarabaei, the story of the birds who feared an attack of the dung-beetles, and Canis, Lupus, et Pastor, in which a sheepdog rebukes his foolish master.

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

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Smart's New Gradatim and Heatley-Kingdon's Gradatim of 1896 - the Gradatim was such a success that you can find it in several distinctly different versions.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Dum vivo, prosum (English: While I live, I am useful).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Nemo omnibus placet (English: No one can please everybody).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pax adsit vivis, requies aeterna sepultis (English: Peace be unto the living, and eternal rest unto the buried).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Nihil sub sole novum (Ecc. 1:9). 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 Taverner: Quique vult dicit, quae non vult audiet: He that speaketh what he will, shal heare what he wil not. Let men beware how they rayle (this is good advice for the flaming world of online discussions!).

The death of Epaminondas is a popular subject for painting, which gives us today's image: Epaminondas, Thebanorum imperator, in pugna ad Mantineam graviter vulneratus est. Cum animam recepisset, interrogavit circumstantes amicos, "Num clipeus salvus esset?" Deinde, "Num hostes fusi essent?" Illi utrumque affirmaverunt. Tum demum hastam e corpore extrahi iussit. Quo facto statim exspiravit. (source - the painting is by the Dutch artist Isaac Walraven)