Monday, August 30, 2010

Round-Up: August 30

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 spent this weekend cleaning up the various blogs and getting them more interconnected, focusing on the blogs that I will be actively publishing now that the regular routine of the school year has settled in! If you have not visited the actual blog page lately, take a look - these new templates are really nice, I think!

HODIE: ante diem tertium Kalendas Septembres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is MEUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay - with very nice rhyme: Ultra posse meum non reor esse reum, "I do not think I can be guilty of something beyond my abilities."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include a new random fable widget illustrated with images and lots more illustrated fables. This is also where you can download your free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mulus et Equus, a fable praising the simple, hard-working life.

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Canis et Leo, a fable about the value of freedom.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Sir Roger L'Estrange, with his absolutely charming 17th-century prose: Old Lion, Ass and Whelp, City Mouse and Country Mouse, Lion A Hunting and Dog and Shadow.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Tenax propositi (English: Firm of purpose - and that third declension adjective is good for a man's motto, or a woman's).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Flamma fumo proxima (English: The flame is near the smoke - or, as say in English, where there's smoke, there's fire)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Maluisses cloacas Augeae purgare (English: You would have preferred to clean the sewers of Augeas). 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: Necessitas ab homine, quae vult, impetrat (English: What necessity wants from someone, she takes).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Leonis exuvium super crocoton (English: A lion skin over an evening gown; from Adagia 3.5.98 - this is a proverbial mismatch, alluding to Dionysus's attempt to pretend to be Heracles in the underworld, as recounted in Aristophanes's The Frogs).

Today's image is an illustration from a hand-colored edition of Steinhowel, showing the proud horse before he comes to destruction; see the link to the simple fable above.

Equus Superbus et Asinus