Sunday, September 26, 2010

Round-Up: September 26

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 sextum Kalendas Octobres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ITER - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Iter ad mortem durius quam ipsa mors, "The journey to death is harder than death itself."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include lots of new illustrated fables and a new slideshow of illustrations from Baby's Book of Fables (1880). 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 Arbores et Homo, the sad story of the trees who were their own worst enemies.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Sir Roger L'Estrange and from Herford's verse Aesop.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Abest timor (English: There is no fear here).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Grave servitutis iugum (English: The yoke of bondage is heavy)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ex luna scientia (English: From the moon, knowledge). 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: Negandi causa avaro numquam deficit (English: The miser never fails to find a reason for saying no).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Si leonina pellis non satis est, vulpina addenda (English: If the lion skin is not enough, add the fox skin too; from Adagia 3.5.81 - in other words, if brute strength does not work, try being sly!).

Here's an image from that new slideshow, showing the peacock and Juno: 544. Pavo et Iuno. Pavo graviter conquerebatur apud Iunonem, dominam suam, quod vocis suavitas sibi negata esset dum luscinia, avis tam parum decora, cantu excellat. Cui Iuno “Et merito,” inquit, “non enim omnia bona in unum conferri oportuit.” I like the way that Juno appears here in the form of a statue! (source)