Friday, November 5, 2010

Round-Up: November 5

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: Nonae Novembres, the Nones of November (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is AD - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Omnes viae ad Romam ferunt, "All roads lead to Rome."

PODCASTS: Today's Latin audio fable is Lupi Bonum Facientes, a funny little story about wolves who try to repair their bad reputation.

MILLE FABULAE: I keep adding new illustrated fables to the Mille Fabulae blog every day. This is also where you can download your free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book. Check out the new fables every day at the English Aesop blog, too.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Contemne contemni (English: Scorn to be scorned).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Volenti nil difficile (English: For one who is willing, nothing is difficult).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Disparibus bubus numquam trahitur bene currus (English: The cart is never pulled well when the oxen do not match).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dei facientes adiuvant (English: The gods help those who are doers - something like the famous English saying, "God helps them that help themselves").

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus grows cold - which is to say, metaphorically, without bread and wine, love grows cold; from Adagia 2.3.97).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὦ ὁῖα κεφαλὴ, καὶ ἐγκέφαλον οὐκ ἔχει (English: Oh what a fine head, and it hasn't got any brains!) This is a saying associated with the fable of the fox and the mask. For an image today, here's an illustration of the fox and the mask (source):

Vulpes et Persona