Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Round-Up: March 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Apriles (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TERRA - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Medicorum errata terra tegit, "Earth covers the physicians' errors."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for FULICA, the coot, and CENTAURUS , the mythical half-man, half-horse.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Infantes et Lupa, the famous story of the baby twins, Romulus and Remus, and the she-wolf.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Ranae et Puer, the story of the boy who threw rocks at the frogs.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Ursus, Leo, et Vulpes, the story of the might lion and bear outfoxed by a fox! (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Hirundo et Filia Eius, the story of the swallow's foolish daughter, and Canes Duo et Os, the story of the dogs who fought over a bone.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Smith & Drisler's Principia Latina - Prose and Smith's Principia Latina - Poetry.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Nunquam deorsum (English: Never downwards).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Libens, volens, potens (English: Wanting, willing, able)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Scientia potentia (English: Knowledge is power). 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: Eripere telum, non dare irato decet (English: You should deprive an angry man of weapons, not donate them).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Una domus non alit duos canes (English: One house can't raise two dogs; from Adagia 2.2.24).

For an image today, here is an illustration to go with the story of the frogs: 606. Ranae et Puer. Lascivus puer, ad stagnum conspicatus ranas exerentes capitula de aquis, per lusum saxis illas appetebat deque illis iugulabat multas. Tum una, “Iste quidem puer,” inquit, “ut videtis, ludit; nostrae autem sorores moriuntur.” (source - easy version: note that the image is for a version of the story with more than one boy!)

Pueri et Ranae