Friday, March 4, 2011

Round-Up: March 4

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is PHILOSOPHUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nihil tam absurde dici potest quod non dicatur ab aliquo philosophorum, "There is nothing so crazy that can be said which hasn't been said by someone or other of the philosophers."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for CONCHA, a shell - and there are also some pearl proverbs in here, too, and ERINACEUS, the hedgehog.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Mausolus, which describes the building of the first "mausoleum."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Scarabaeus et Stercus, a hilarious little fable dung-beetles which teaches the moral "to each, his own."

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Camelus et Iuppiter, the famous fable of the camel who wanted horns. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Porcus et Mulus, a comparison of the fate of the starving mule and the fattened pig, and Canis et Vultur, a wonderful story about a dog in a graveyard.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Camel (the same as the Latin fable of the day, as it turns out!) and The Frog and the Fox. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are White's Progressive Latin Reader and Bryce's Second Latin Reader .

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Perculsus elevor (English: Though struck, I lift myself up).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnium idem exitus (English: Everyone's exit is the same)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Quam felix vita transit sine negotiis (English: How happily life passes by without business to do). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Malum ne alienum feceris tuum gaudium (English: Don't find your joy in another's misfortune).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Asinus balneatoris (English: The bathkeeper's donkey; from Adagia 4.4.50 - which is to say, the donkey who does all the work but does not get to enjoy the benefit of actually taking a bath himself!).

Since the camel showed up in both Latin and English today, that seems to be the illustration I should choose! 143. Camelus et Iuppiter. Camelus, se despiciens, querebatur tauros ire geminis cornibus insignes, se inermem obiectum esse ceteris animalibus; orat Iovem cornua sibi donare. Iuppiter cameli stultitiam ridet; nec modo negat votum, verum et decurtat bestiae auriculas. (source)