Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Round-Up: January 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 quartum Idus Ianuarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is CONSILIUM - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Facile consilium damus aliis, "We find it easy to give advice to others" (i.e. but not so easy to give advice to ourselves... much less follow it!).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for PAVO, the peacock, and NOCTUA, the owl.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Tigris et Venatores, the sad story of the tiger who was fooled by the hunters with a mirror.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Graculus et Noctua, the story of a beauty contest among the birds. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Accipiter et Busardus, the story of a very rude bird, and Milvus, Rex Electus, the story of a very dangerous bird.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are Hercules and Plutus and The Man and the Serpent. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Wegeler's Philosophia patrum versibus praesertim leoninis, which happens to be my favorite book of rhyming Latin proverbs.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached Mommsen's overviews of Roman law and religion, as well as his comments about agriculture and trade.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at SchoolhouseWidgets.com.

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Venit hora (English: The hour is coming).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Amor pretiosior auro (English: Love is more precious than gold)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Discipulus est prioris posterior dies (English: The following day is the student of the previous day). 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: Fatetur facinus is, qui iudicium fugit (English: Someone who flees the trial confesses his crime - what you could call an "OJ Simpson saying").

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Ex ipso bove lora sumere (English: To get the reins from the ox himself - that is, the reins which are used to subdue and guide the oxen are made from the very leather supplied by the oxen themselves; from Adagia 1.2.77).

For an image today, here is the tiger and her reflection, 139. Tigris et Venatores. Raptis tigris fetibus, dum veloci cursu venatores insequitur, ipsi timentes sibi de crudelitate bestiae, speculum vitreum amplum in via proiiciunt. Tigris vero dum imaginem suam in speculo cernit, a cursu suo subsistit, aestimans fetum suum reperisse. Dum autem imaginem illam amplectitur et ibidem commoratur, venatores evadunt. Ipsa autem, tandem pede fracto speculo, nihil reperit et ita fetus suos amittit. (source - simplified version):