Friday, February 18, 2011

Round-Up: February 18

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 duodecimum Kalendas Martias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is DUX - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Natura optima dux bene vivendi, "Nature is the best guide to living well."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for LEO, the lion, and LARUS, the gull.

PROVERB PODCAST: The latest podcasts are for Diversa sunt hominum studia , "People's passions run in different directions," and Disce legendo , "Learn by reading."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Porcellus et Testamentum, a wonderful litte story about a briefly grieving little piggy.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Lepores et Leones, the story of the radical rabbits and the tyrannical lions. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Mergus et Stellae, a story of a seagull puzzled by the reflections in the water, and Canis Homicida et Dominus Eius, the story of a vicious dog and his innocent companions.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Satyr and the Traveller and The Ant and the Grasshopper. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Healey and Kingdon's Excerpta Facilia, which includes all kinds of great historical texts for easy reading.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Loquor quae sentio (English: I say what I feel).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Memoria exercendo acuitur (English: Memory is sharpened by practice).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Mus rapitur subito, qui solo vivit in antro (English: A mouse is quickly caught if he lives in a single mousehole).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Non ventiles te in omnem ventum, et non eas in omni via (Sirach 5:9). 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: Homo bulla: A proverbe notinge the frayltie of mannes life which vanisheth awaye like a bubble of water..

For an image today, here is the story of the idealistic rabbits, 166. Lepores et Leones. Quodam tempore visum est omnibus bestiis conventum et coetum habere, quod aliarum de aliis frequentissimae querelae essent. Ubi dictis ultro citroque sententiis, lepores ita contionatos perhibent: videri sibi aequum omnium ut bestiarum eadem sit dignitas et par potestas, neque oportere alias tanto plus, alias minus valere; hoc enim pacto fieri ut inferiores praestantibus direptioni et praedae sint. Quibus dictis, oblocutos leones accepimus orationi leporinae deesse ungues et dentes. (source)

Leones et Lepores