Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Round-Up: September 15

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: ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Octobres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is INTER - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Tantalus inter undas sitit, "Tantalus thirsts amidst the waves."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include lots of new illustrated fables - there are about 400 of the illustrated fables now! 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 Simius Rex et Vulpes, about how the monkey was made king of the animals... and then was outsmarted by the fox.

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Graculus et Pavones.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Sir Roger L'Estrange: An Ass and the Frogs, A Stag and a Lyon, A Wolf and a Crane, A Wolf and a Sheep, and A Horse and a Lion.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Iracundiam rege (English: Rule your anger).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Volens et valens (English: Willing and able - although the Latin sounds much better!).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Bos ad aquam tractus non vult potare coactus (English: An ox led to water will not drink under compulsion).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Caritas perfecta foras mittit timorem (English: Perfect love drives fear out).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Mandrabuli more res succedit (English: The thing is going the way of Mandrabulus; from Adagia 1.2.58 - This refers to things that get steadily worse; a certain Mandrabulus once found a treasure and made an offering of a golden sheep to Juno the first year, a silver offering the next year, and bronze offering the year after that).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὸν τὸ εὖ γνῶναι (English: To know is hard.).

Today's image is one of the illustrations from the beautiful Medici Aesop, for the story of the crow and the donkey: 435. Corvus Asinum Feriens. Asinus, cuius in dorso ulcus inerat, in prato quodam pascebatur. Corvus autem cum supra ipsum constitisset ac rostro ulcus feriret, asinus prae cruciatu vehementer rudebat atque saltabat. Procul interim stante agasone deque illo ridente, lupus, forte praeteriens, ubi fieri id vidit, “Heu nos miseros,” secum ait, “nos enim homines si tantum viderint, statim persequuntur; hos vero etiam accedentes cum risu libenter excipiunt.” (source)

Corvus, Asinus et Lupus