Thursday, January 13, 2011

Round-Up: January 13

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: pridie Idus Ianuarias, the day before the Ides of January (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ANIMUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nihil est animo velocius, "Nothing is faster than the mind."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for SCORPIUS , the scorpion, and MILVUS, the kite.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Bos Laborans et Vitula , a story of a hard-working ox and a frivolous little heifer.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Perdix et Auceps, the story of the hunter who ends up being caught, as it were. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Porci Duo, Inimici, a story about two wicked little pigs, and Corvus et Lepus, the story of a busy-body crow.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Battle of the Mice and the Weasels and The Fox and the Goat. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Bebelius's Proverbia Germanica, in a wonderful edition by W.H.D. Suringar.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached Book 2 of Mommsen's monumental work. (If you are interested in joining in this Roman history project, you can find the reading schedule and all the books online, too - just visit that blog for more information).

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Varietas delectat (English: Variety is pleasing).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ad mortem fidelis (English: Faithful unto death).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Qui corvis natus est, non submergitur aquis (English: He who is born for the crows does not drown in the water - being "born for the crows" means born to be carrion, leaving a corpse on the battlefield or upon the gallows for the crows to feed on).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus grows cold - for Ceres, Bacchus and Venus, just substitute bread, wine and love, respectively).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀσφαλέστερον τοῦ λέγειν τὸ σιγᾷν (English: It is a safer thing to keep silent than it is to speak).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Excubias agere in Naupacto (English: To keep watch in Naupactus; from Adagia 1.2.83). When Naupactus was conquered by the Achaeans, they killed the captain of the guard in charge of the watch, so this proverb refers to someone who is going to bring about their own destruction, carrying out an unwelcome task. Here is a picture of the port of Naupactus (Italian Lepanto), on the northern coast of the Gulf of Corinth: