Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Round-Up: September 8

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is FUGIO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Miles fugiens denuo pugnabit. , which is a Latin version of that nice English saying, "he who fights and runs away lives to fight another day."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include lots more illustrated fables and I've also put the Twitter feed there at the blog so you can see the latest tweets - it's at the bottom of the right sidebar. 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 Lupus et Puer Mendax, the famous story of the boy who cried "Wolf!"

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Ovis et Canis Calumniosus, a sad story of justice denied.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Roger L'Estrange's Aesop: Fox that Lost his Tail, A Bragging Traveler, A Father and his Sons, A Frog and an Oxe, and The Hares and the Frogs.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Cuique suum (English: To each his own - one of the proverbs which has my total endorsement; I guess you could call it my personal philosophy of life expressed in just two little words!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sub pondere sursum (English: Bearing my load, rising upward).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Mus salit in stratum dum scit abesse cattum (English: The mouse jumps on the bed when it knows the cat is gone - although the Latin is so much better, of course, since it rhymes!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Satius est subire semel quam cavere semper (English: It's better to suffer something once than to always be on guard).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is yracusana mensa (English: A table fit for Syracusans; from Adagia 2.2.68 - This referred to an opulent and splendid feast, with exquisite food).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Δὶς πρὸς τὸν αὐτὸν αἰσχρὸν προσκρούειν λίθον (English: It is shameful to stumble twice against the ssame stone - which is to say, erring once is not a problem, but you shouldn't make the same mistake a second time!).

Today's image is the turtle flying! (source): 407. Aquila et Testudo. Testudo aquilam magnopere orabat, ut volare sese doceret. “Rem petis,” inquit aquila, “naturae tuae contrariam, nam quomodo poteris volare, cum alas non habeas?” Testudo autem nihilominus aquilam obsecrabat ut se volucrem facere vellet. Itaque eam ungulis arreptam aquila sustulit in sublime ibique demisit, ut per aera ferretur sed, cum in rupes decidisset, comminuta interiit.

Aquila et Testudo