Friday, July 9, 2010

Round-Up: July 9

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 septimum Idus Iulias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is VIRTUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Pretium sibi virtus, "Virtue is its own reward."

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 story of the high-flying crane, The Peacock and the Crane = Pavo et Grus:
The peacock unfolded his feathers in the presence of the crane and said, "How great is my beauty, and how great is your ugliness!" Then the crane took flight and said, "And how lofty is my flight, and how awkward is yours."

Pavo, coram Grue pennas suas explicans, "Quanta est" inquit "formositas mea et tua deformitas!" At Grus evolans "Et quanta est" inquit "levitas mea et tua tarditas!"
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Cedamus amori (English: Let us yield to love).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Sapientia auro melior (English: Wisdom is better than gold)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Qui non laborat, non manducat (English: He who does not work, does not eat). 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: Quam malus est, culpam qui suam alterius facit (English: How wicked is the man who blames someone else for his own fault).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Equum habet Seianum (English: He's got the horse of Sejanus; from Adagia 1.10.97 - This was a very unlucky horse, whose owners died: first he belonged to Sejanus, who was beheaded; then Dolabella bought him and he was killed by rebels in Epirus; the horse was then the property of Gaius cassius, who also died, after which the horse went to Mark Anthony, who also died, and Sejanus's next owner, his last, drowned).

Today's image is in honor of the high-flying cranes from the fable cited above; this photo shows whooping cranes in flight - and if you have not seen the amazing documentary film Winged Migration (these are birds from that movie), I highly highly recommend it!