Sunday, December 5, 2010

Round-Up: December 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 Decembres, the Nones of December (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

HOLIDAY SONGS: The Latin holiday songs for today are: Angelus ad Virginem along with Verbum supernum prodiens.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is UNUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Mus non uni fidit antro, "A mouse cannot rely on just one mousehole."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Avarus et Poma Marcescentia, a funny little story about a man who cannot even let himself enjoy the apples from his own orchard.

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for ARANEA, the spider, and CRABRO, the hornet.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Columba et Cornix, the story of the dove and the crow. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book - and there's an English fable of the day, too.)

AESOP SLIDESHOW: Today's Aesop slideshows are Crocodilus et Canis, the story of the dog and the Nile crocodile, and Talpa, Asinus, et Simia, the mole who rebukes the donkey and the monkey. (For all the Aesop images, visit Flickr.)

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Roma aeterna (English: Rome is eternal).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In labore libertas (English: In hard work, freedom).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Si fuit hic asinus, non ibi fiet equus (English: If he was a donkey here, he will not become a horse there).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Homo sapiens tacebit usque ad tempus (English: A man who is wise will be silent until the right time).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Alterum pedem in cymba Charontis habet (English: He's got one foot in the skiff of Charon - something like our saying about being "at death's door;" from Adagia 2.1.52).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Μωμήσεται μᾶλλον ἢ μιμήσεται (English: It is easier to criticize than to imitate; Momus was the proverbial god of carping criticism).

For an image today, I wanted to include the image that goes with the holiday song, Angelus ad Virginem, since it is an example of a medieval illumination which incorporates a bit of writing into the image - the words read Ave Maria Gratia Plena (larger view of the image):