Thursday, October 14, 2010

Round-Up: October 14

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: pridie Idus Octobres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ETIAM - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Etiam prudentissimi peccant, "Even the most careful make mistakes" (you could call that the proofreader's motto!).

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include more illustrated fables along with fables that don't have illustrations exactly but instead images to go with them that I have chosen - sometimes I was able to find some pretty nifty images, I think! 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 Socrates et Amici, from which you can guess that Socrates might have thought Facebook was more than a bit silly!

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Arbor Secundum Viam , the story of the nut tree by the side of the road and the ungrateful passers-by.

ENGLISH AESOP: Today's English fables are from Sir Roger L'Estrange, Wright's verse translation of La Fontaine and the limericks for Walter Crane's illustrated Aesop.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Tandem tranquillus (English: At last, tranquil - although, for us ladies, we would need the feminine form: Tandem tranquilla).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Veritatis simplex oratio (English: True speech is straightforward)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Gallus in sterquilinio suo plurimum potest (English: The rooster can do plenty in his own dungheap). 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: Deliberandum est saepe, statuendum est semel (English: Think about something often; make your decision once).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Nec elephantus ebiberet (English: Not even an elephant could drink it up; from Adagia 4.6.62).

Here is an image for the wonderful little fable of the man trying to count the waves: 55. Vulpes et Vir Fluctus Numerans. Homo quidam in litore sedens ad fluctuosum mare fluctus numerabat. Cum vero subinde erraret, graviter id ferre et excruciari, donec adstans vulpes ei diceret, “Quid laboras, mi homo, eorum causa qui praeterierant? Eos qui hinc oriuntur numerare incipere, illis neglectis, oportet.” (source)