Thursday, September 9, 2010

Round-Up: September 9

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is LICET - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Quidquid non licet, magis desideratur, "Whatever is not allowed is desired all the more."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include 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 Mus et Rana, Decertantes, the story of the battle between the frog and the mouse.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Sir Roer L'Estrange: A Miser Burying His Gold, A Fox and a Lion, A Cat and a Cock, Two Frogs that Wanted Water, and A Stag with One Eye.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Sidus adsit amicum (English: May my lucky star attend me).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Cito arescit lacrima (English: A tear dries quickly).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Valde frequens haustus non est, mihi credite, faustus (English: Drinking way too much, believe me, is not good luck - it doesn't quite rhyme in English, but the Latin is charming!).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Responsio mollis frangit iram; sermo durus suscitat furorem (Proverbs 15:1). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Vento vivere: To lyve by the winde. A proverbe applied to them which have no substance to live on.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from Cato's Distichs, with a word list at
Forti animo ferto, cum sis damnatus inique:
Nemo diu gaudet, qui iudice vincit iniquo.
English: "Bear up with a strong spirit when you have been unjustly condemned: no one long rejoices who has won by means of an unjust verdict."

Today's image is an illustration for the story of the pig (source): 336. Porcus ab Ovibus Criminatus. Porcus, criminatus ab ovibus, quod domino, a quo tanta pascebatur diligentia, nullam referret gratiam, cum ipsae lac, lanam, agnosque illi praeberent, “Mortuus,” inquit, “referam; non ab re me nutrit.”

Sus, Ovis et Caper