Thursday, November 11, 2010

Round-Up: November 11

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is the little preposition IN - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: In libris libertas, "There is freedom in books."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mus in Cervisia, a wonderful little story about a drunken mouse and a gullible cat.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Pulex et Pediculus, a story about a well-behaved louse and a badly-behaved flea. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book - and there's an English fable of the day, too.)

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Cave lupum (English: Beware of the wolf).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ne quid nimis (English: Not anything in excess).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Non generant aquilae columbas (English: Eagles do not beget doves).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Homo ad laborem nascitur (English: Man is born to labor.).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Odium Vatinianum (English: Hatred as if for Vatinius; from Adagia 2.2.94; Vatinius, a politician of Republican Rome, and a proverbial object of hatred; you can read about him at Wikipedia - or at the Latin Vicipaedia).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Καθ' ἑαυτοῦ Βελλεροφόντης (English: Bellerophon was his own enemy... an allusion to how Bellerophon unwittingly delivered the orders for his own execution).

For an image today, here is Bellerophon as shown in a mosaic from Palmyra in Syria (source):