Sunday, February 6, 2011

Round-Up: February 6

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is FILIUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nemo non formosus filius matri, "There is no son who is not beautiful in his mother's eyes."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for NEPA, a kind of scorpion, and MUS, the mouse.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Ceres et Rusticus, a story about the goddess Ceres and a farmer's foolish request.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Hercules et Rusticus, the story of the lazy farmer rebuked by Hercules. (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 Aquila, the story of the crane and the high-flying eagle, and Noctua et Cornicula, the story of the self-important owl rebuked by the crow.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Embassy of the Dogs to Jupiter and The Mountain in Labour. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is D'Ooge's Colloquia Latina, a fabulous collection of little plays in Latin (with macrons, too, for those of you who are fans of macrons).

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp - or, as we might say in English, "it stinks of the midnight oil," i.e. the work was done late at night, and is of poor quality compared to work completely bright and early in the morning!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pietate et probitate (English: With a sense of duty and honesty).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Omnis echinus asper (English: The whole hedgehog is prickly).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Discendum quam diu vivas (English: You should learn for as long as you live).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Thracium inventum (English: A Thracian scheme; from Adagia 1.10.28 - The Thracians were notorious for scheming, as in an episode recounted by Strabo when they made a treaty with the Boeotians and then attacked them by night; when the Boeotians repulsed the attack, the Thracians claimed that they had not broken the treaty, since its terms were valid only during the day - not at night).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Κυνί δίδως ἄχυρα, ὄνῳ δ' ὀστέα (English: You've giving straw to the dog and bones to the donkey... in other words, you've gotten things all mixed up!).

For an image today, here is the story of Hercules and the man whose cart got stuck in the mud, 804. Hercules et Rusticus. Rustici aratrum haeret in profundo luto. Mox prostratus, Herculem implorat, cum statim vox a caelo auditur: “Inepte, flagellato equos et ipse totis viribus umerisque annitere rotis! Et deinde Herculem invocato! Tunc enim tibi propitius Hercules aderit.” Fabula innuit quod otiosa vota nihil prosunt; iuva temet, et ipse te adiuvabit Deus. (source)

Hercules et Rusticus