Sunday, March 20, 2011

Round-Up: March 20

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is DO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Date et dabitur vobis, "Give and it will be given to you."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for CHAMAELEON , the chameleon, and GRILLUS, the cricket.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Romuli Mors, the mysterious death of Romulus.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Leo et Vulpes Territa , the story of how the fox grew used to seeing the lion.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Anguilla et Serpens, a story about the difference between a serpent and an eel. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Bombyx et Puer, the story of a silkworm and a little rascal, and Aesopus et Harioli, the hilarious story of Aesop and the soothsayers.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Tuell & Fowler's Beginner's Book in Latin and Gallup's Latin Reader .

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Veritas me dirigit (English: Truth directs me).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Ignorantia non excusat (English: Ignorance does not excuse).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ex pravo pullus bonus ovo non venit ullus (English: No good chick ever comes from a bad egg).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is In magna domo non solum sunt vasa aurea et argentea, sed et lignea et fictilia (II Tim. 2:20). 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: Qualis vir, talis oratio: As the man is, so is his talke. The talke of honest men is honestie, the talke of knaves is knaverie.

Today's image is for that story of the serpent and the eel: 624. Anguilla et Serpens. Anguilla interrogabat serpentem quare, cum similes essent atque cognati, homines tamen se, potius quam illum, insequerentur. Cui serpens “Quia rarus,” inquit, “me laedit impune.” (source)

Anguilla et Serpens

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