Monday, July 12, 2010

Round-Up: July 12

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 posting at Twitter again now, too! :-)

HODIE: ante diem quartum Idus Iulias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TALIS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay, a great little agriculatural metaphor - Qualis radix, tales et rami.

LATIN AND ENGLISH FABLES: Here are today's fables in Latin AND English from the English Aesop project.
I've picked out my favorite one to share with you here in the blog, The Donkey and the Lion = The Donkey and the Lion:
The donkey happened to cross paths with the lion and said to him, "Let's go up to the top of that mountain and I will show you that many animals are afraid of me, too!" The lion, laughing at the donkey's words, said, "Okay, let's go." When they got to the place, the donkey stood beside the mighty beast on a high peak and in low tones he began bellowing. When the foxes and the rabbits heard him, they started to run away. The donkey then said to the lion, "See who makes them afraid!" The lion is then said to have replied, "Perhaps your voice would have scared me, too, if I didn't know that you were a donkey."

Asinus ediverso occurrit Leoni, cui sic dicere coepit, "Ascendamus in cacumen montis et ostendam tibi quia et multa animalia me timent." Leo, ridens Aselli verba, "Eamus" inquit. Cumque venissent ad locum, stans cum fera Asellus in edito loco voce summissa clamare coepit. Quem audientes, vulpes et lepores fugere coeperunt. At Asellus, "Vide quem timeant." Cui Leo contra sic dixisse fertur, "Poterat et me terrere vox tua, si non scirem Asinum te esse."
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Vincit veritas (English: Truth triumphs).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtus prae nummis (English: Worth rather than wealth).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Sero paras stabulum, taurum iam fure trahente (English: It's too late to ready the stable when the thief is already leading the bull away).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sapientia vino obumbratur (English: Wisdom is overshadowed by wine).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Codro pauperior (English: More poor than Codrus; from Adagia 1.6.76 - a proverb based on a wretched and miserable poet Codrus mentioned by Juvenal).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Δηρὸν βουλεύειν, ἵν' ἔχῃ καὶ πολλὸν ἄμεινον (English: Deliberate for a long time so that you will fare far better).

Today's image is for that story of the donkey and the lion - you can see how the loud braying of the donkey is making the rabbits and foxes run away (image source):