Monday, November 15, 2010

Round-Up: November 15

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.

I've also started blogging animal proverbs, in preparation for the book I've decided I want to do this summer. I've got a few animals to get things started this time, and I should have a new animal for each round-up!

HODIE: ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Decembres (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is COEPI - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Dimidium facti est coepisse, "To have gotten started is the job half-done."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mus et Leonis Gratia, which is Abstemius's hilarious twist on the traditional fable of the lion and the mouse.

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for ANGUIS, the serpent, ALAUDA, the crested lark, ACCIPITER, the hawk, AGNUS, the lamb, and ANGUILLA, the eel.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Rusticus de Arbore Delapsus, a funny little story from Poggio Bracciolini. (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 Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Incepta persequor (English: I pursue what I have begun - which fits nicely with the word of the day, coepi).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Melle litus gladius (English: A sword smeared with honey... so: watch out!)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Mutare non potest pardus varietates suas (English: A leopard cannot change his spots). 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: Feras, non culpes, quod mutari non potest (English: You should endure, not blame, what cannot be changed).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Homo homini lupus (English: Man is a wolf to man; from Adagia 1.1.70 - and it has a Wikipedia article of its own).

For an image today, here's the illustration for the Poggio fable above, about how to climb trees! 823. Rusticus de Arbore Delapsus. Qui in arborem ascenderat rusticus, de illa delapsus, graviter femur dextrum laesit. Huic alius forte praeteriens se consilium daturum dixit, quo usus numquam de arbore caderet. “Utinam,” inquit ille, “ante casum meum dedisses, sed profuerit tamen etiam in posterum; dic igitur.” Tum ille alter “Cave,” inquit, “ne velocius terram repetas unde ascendisti quam in arborem ipsam evaseris.” Fabula docet saepe cunctationem et moram esse laudabile. (source)

De Arbore Descendens