Thursday, October 28, 2010

Round-Up: October 28

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is QUICUMQUE - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Quicumque gladio utitur, gladio peribit, "Whosoever uses the sword, by the sword he will perish."

MILLE FABULAE: New materials at the blog include new illustrated fables and fables with other kinds of images too. 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 Lepus Cornua Cupiens, the story of what happened to the rabbit who wanted horns.

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Simius Iudex, Serpens et Vir - a story you might familiar with in its Indian version, where it is the story of "The Tiger, The Brahman and the Jackal."

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

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Disce gaudere (English: Learn to rejoice).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Consilio non impetu (English: By deliberation, not impulse).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Avis matura vermem capit (English: The bird who hastens catches the worm).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Una hirundo non facit ver (English: One swallow does not make a spring).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Herculei labores (English: The labors of Heracles; from Adagia 3.1.1). This proverb is connected with today's image; see below.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀυτοῦ Ῥόδος, αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ πήδημα (English: Here is Rhodes; here too your leap - an allusion to the fable of the boastful athlete).

For an image today, below is a famous portrait of Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger. Along the edge of the book facing the viewer the letters read "The Labors of Heracles" in Greek (ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΟΙ ΠΟΝΟΙ = HERAKLEIOI PONOI), alluding to the amazing feats which Erasmus accomplished in his life as a scholar.