HODIE: antediem octavum Idus Ianuarias.
GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Witkowski's The Evil That Has Been Said of Doctors and Chatto's Origin and History of Playing Cards.
MYTHS & LEGENDS: The image for today's legend shows Odysseus and the Suitors; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.
TODAY'S DISTICHS & EMBLEMS:
OWEN'S DISTICHS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are Scala Aulicorum, Nemo, gradus nisi per plures ascendit in aula, / Ad descendendum plus satis unus erit; and Quota Hora Est?, Viventi mors obrepit, iuvenique senectu; / Horaque dum quota sit quaeritur, hora fugit. (These come with vocabulary lists.)
ROLLENHAGEN'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Labore Virtus, Virtute Gloria Paratur, Saepe labore fuit Virtus, Virtute parata / Gloria, non alio concilianda modo; and Ne Tenear, Ne tenear, postica cavet pars, vertice raso; / Caesariem qui scit prendere fronte, sapit. (These come with vocabulary, too.)
CAMERARIUS'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Dominus Providebit, Et laeta simul et tristis provisio sortit, / Inprimis virtus principe digna viro est, and Mansuetis Grandia Cedunt, Praeterit; haud elephas animalia parvula laedit: / Nempe quod hinc clemens rex imitetur habet. (These also have vocabulary lists.) Here is that elephant:
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS:
TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Sobrie potandum (English: Drink in moderation).
3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Lex et iustitia (English: Law and justice).
ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Sus magis in caeno gaudet quam in fonte sereno (English: A pig delights more in filth than in a shining fountain).
POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Melius modicum iusto, super divitias peccatorum multas (English: Better is a righteous man's little bit than the many riches of sinners).
PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cretensis mare nescit (English: The man from Crete says he's ignorant of the sea; from Adagia 1.2.31; this is an ironical proverb, since the Cretans were experts in sailing and everything to do with the sea, but would pretend otherwise to take advantage of you).
GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐδίδαξά σε κυβισᾷν, καὶ σὺ βυθίσαι με ζητεῖς (English: I taught you to piss, and now you are trying to drown me).
TODAY'S FABLES & STORIES:
FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Harundo et Quercus, a wonderful story about being flexible (this one also has a vocabulary list).
MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 241, Asinus et Viatores Duo, through Fable 250, Asinus Somnians, which is one of my favorite fables - the donkey, in a deep sleep, dreams that he is a human being!
MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Piscator Aquam Verberans, one of Aesop's ecological fables.
AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Mouse and The Lion, the story of the tiny mouse who rescued a mighty lion.
ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Pandora, the famous story of Prometheus, his brother Epimetheus, and the beautiful Pandora: Severitatem Iovis inique tulerunt ceteri Dii, ac doluerunt quod sibi uni formandorum hominum ius arrogaret. Quare, collatis studiis et muneribus, mulierem effinxere, quam "Pandoram" appellarunt, quasi ex omnium donis conflatam. Iupiter, Superum arrogantiam ulturus, illi capsulam dedit, infelix munus; in eam quippe congesta erant omnia naturae mala. Hanc Pandora cum detulisset ad Epimetheum, Promethei fratrem, ille, impulsus curiositate prava, sive, ut alii narrant, eius uxor capsulam aperuit; ex eaque pestes omnis generis in orbem terrarum evolarunt, sola spe in fundo capsulae relicta. Hinc aetas ferrea et scelerum colluvies nata est.