Saturday, March 12, 2011

Round-Up: March 12

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is AT - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Ficus avibus gratae, at plantare nolunt, "The birds like to eat figs, but they don't want to plant the trees."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for CUNICULUS, the rabbit, and ERITHACUS, the robin redbreast.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Saturnus, the Italian god.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Perdix et Auceps, the story of a treacherous bird.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Aper et Vulpes, the story of a boar sharpening his tusks for future use. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Canis et Asinus, Socii, the story of a dog who thought the donkey would make a mighty warrior, and Pica et Cauda Eius, the story of a magpie on a quest for self-improvement.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are Hercules and the Carter and The Crab and her Daughter. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Franklin & Greene's Selections from Latin Prose Authors for Sight Reading and Heatley, Kingdon & Coe's New Gradatim .

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Perge audacter (English: Go forward boldly).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pax optima rerum (English: Peace is the best of things).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Cum lupis ulula (English: Howl with the wolves).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Matura satio saepe decipere solet, sera nunquam quin mala sit (English: An early sowing often plays false; a late one is never anything but bad).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Proteo mutabilior (English: More changeable than Proteus; from Adagia 2.2.74).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὸ σιγᾶν τὴν ἀλήθειαν χρυσόν ἐστι θάπτειν (English: To keep the truth silent is to bury gold).

For an image today, here is the story of the provident boar: 149. Aper et Vulpes. Stabat olim aper iuxta arborem dentesque acuebat. Quem cum vulpes vidisset, “Quidnam dentes acuis,” inquit, “dum nulla necessitas adest, neque venator neque periculum imminet ullum?” Cui aper “Haud frustra id ago,” respondit, “nam si periculum aliquando contigerit, non tunc in acuendis dentibus tempus teram, sed utar promptis et bene paratis.” (source: note that in the image the boar is sharpened his tusks against a whetstone, not against a tree as in the Latin fable)

Vulpes et Aper