Monday, September 13, 2010

Round-Up: September 13

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: Idus Septembres, the "Ides of September" (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is that tiny little verb AIO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Aut ai aut nega, "Say either 'yea' or 'nay'"

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include lots more illustrated fables (I'm trying to do five every day). 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 Ovis, Cervus, et Lupus, the story of the sneaky stag and the wise sheep.

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Mures Felem Contemplantes , a fable warning the mice to watch out!

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are by Sir Roger L'Estrange: Countryman and Snake, Wolf and Kid, Wild Ass and Tame, Raven and Swan, and The Crow and the Muscle (we would say "mussel").

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Vigilando ascendimus (English: By being watchful, we rise).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnia somnia mendacia (English: All dreams are deceptive)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Improbe Neptunum accusat, qui iterum naufragium facit (English: The man who shipwrecks a second time unjustly accuses Neptune). 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: Animo imperato, ne tibi animus imperet (English: Keep your feelings under control, so that your feelings do not control you).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Hydrus in dolio (English: There's a snake in the jar; from Adagia 3.10.98 - The story goes that a man was puzzled by the way the wine level in a sealed jar kept going down, if no one was draining the wine from the outside. At the bottom of the jar there was a water-snake, and it had been drinking the wine!).

Today's image accompanies the podcast for the story of the mice who watched the cat (source) - you can see that the story does not end well for the well-wishing mouse!