Friday, March 18, 2011

Round-Up: March 18

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.

MARCH 18: I'm participating in the Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities 2011 project - you can see my blog posts at the Day of DH 2011 site - I think it will be a great way to learn about what all kinds of people are doing in digital humanities all over the world.

HODIE: ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Apriles (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TOTUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Qui totum vult, totum perdit, "He who wants it all, loses it all."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for AVES, birds, and CORYDUS, the crested lark.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Faustulus et Acca Laurentia, the story of Romulus and Remus's foster parents.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Pisciculus et Piscator , the story of the fisherman who caught a very tiny fish.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Fortuna et Puer, the story of a boy who foolishly fell asleep on the edge of a well. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Draco et Aquila, the story of a grateful eagle and a poisonous snake, and Psittacus Honoratus, the story of a highly educated parrot.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Morris's Latin Reading-Book and Hart's Epitome of Greek & Roman Mythology - which is the book I am now working with at the Anecdota project, as you can see in this first post about the story of Saturnus and his children.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Cedendum multitudini (English: You must give way to the multitude).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex granis acervus (English: From the grains, a heap - I consider this to be the blogger's motto: from lots of little blog posts, a book!).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Antequam pisces ceperis, muriam misces (English: You're mixing the fish sauce before having caught the fish - a bit like counting your chickens before they are hatched... but with fish instead!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non potest abscondi civitas supra montem posita (English: A city placed upon a hill cannot be hidden).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Πολλοί σε μισήσουσι, ἂν σαυτὸν φιλῇς (English: Many will hate you, if you love yourself).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Semper feliciter cadunt Iovis taxilli (English: The dice always fall lucky for Jupiter - but of course we mortals need to take care, since we are not so lucky; from Adagia 1.3.9).

In honor of this proverb about Jupiter and the dice, I thought for an image today that it would be fun to include this image of the "knucklebones" which were used for dicing in the ancient world; you can read more about ancient dice at the Tali webpage, which is the source for this image of some ancient dicing knucklebones, one made from onyx and the other from rock crystal:

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