Monday, January 3, 2011

Round-Up: January 3

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 tertium Nonas Ianuarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar for the year 2011).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is VESPER - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Vespere laudatur dies, "The day can be praised in the evening" (when you are sure that all has gone well!).

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Canis Vetulus et Magister, the story of an old hunting dog and his ungrateful master.

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for HIRUDO, the leech, and PASSER, the sparrow.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Cervus ad Stabulum Confugiens, the story of the stag hiding in the oxen's stall. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book - and there's an English fable of the day, too.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Corvi et Caseus, the crows fighting over the cheese, and Accipiter, Cuculus, et Sturnus, the story of the starling who boldly defies a hawk... fatally.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are the Roman histories by Mommsen, Merivale and Gibbon, which I've collected to start a year-long reading project - you can read all about that at Dennis's blog! Maybe some readers of the Bestiaria blog will be interested in participating; I'll be recording my progress at this Roman History Reading blog.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Deficiam aut effciam (English: I will fail, or succeed - although the English lacks the nice word play of the Latin).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Amor caecus est (English: Love is blind).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ex gutta mellis generantur flumina fellis (English: From a drop of honey arise great floods of bile).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum ad omnes (Gal. 6:10). 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: Posthac occasio calva: A proverbe, take occasion when it commeth, for he that will not when he may, when he will he shall have naye. The tyde tarieth for no man.

For an image today, here is the stag hiding in the stable: 157. Cervus ad Stabulum Confugiens. Persecutus a canibus, cervus ad stabulum boum confugiebat et ibi totum corpus, praeterquam cornua, abscondebat. Adibat stabulum servus et ille, oscitanter et negligenter huc et illuc oculos circumferens, mox decessit. Fortunae suae nimis applausit laetabundus cervus et sese tutissimum autumabat. Sed statim, ipso hero ingrediente locum, et rebus curiosius perlustratis, cornua cervi detexit et fustibus cum vicinis adoriebatur. (source)

cervus et bos