Saturday, January 15, 2011

Round-Up: January 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.

HODIE: ante diem duodevicesimum Kalendas Februarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is PUBLICUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Salus publica, salus mea, "Public well-being is my well-being" (the advocates for health care reform in this country could make that their motto!).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for TIGRIS, the tiger, and CICADA , the cicada, or grasshopper.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Testudo et Iuppiter, the story of how the turtle got her shell.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Citharoedus Imperitus., the story of a self-satisfied musician. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Hircus Equitans, the story of a goat who was the slave of a donkey, and Hircus et Statua Ahenea, the story of a goat who put too much trust in his horns.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Two Bald Pates and Prince the Piper. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book isGatty's The Book of Sun-Dials , which contains a marvelous collection of Latin mottoes and sayings about time!

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached the Roman Republican period.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Fugit hora, ora (English: Time is flying: pray).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Cura facit canos (English: Worry makes grey hairs).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Est iam potata, sed erat cerevisia grata (English: The beer has now been drunk, but it was very nice indeed).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Qui amat divitias, fructus non capiet ex eis (Ecc. 5:10). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Occasio premenda: A proverbe, when the sunne shineth, make haye. The tyde must be taken when it commeth.

For an image today, here's an example of a sun-dial with a Latin motto: Horas non numero, nisi serenas.