Sunday, March 6, 2011

Round-Up: March 6

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

** ANECDOTA UPDATE ** I've been making a lot of progress on the Anecdota project! I've got story-to-story navigation for every story now published there (over 100 stories so far!), along with a "word cloud" of the proper names in the stories so far (the word cloud is in the side bar, just to the right of the stories). You can also get an Anecdote widget to use in your own blog or wiki or webpage. Right now I've started on the 60 anecdotes in Heatley and Kingdon's Excerpta Facilia (which is a follow-up to their Gradatim book, if you are familiar with that one).

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is STO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: In medio stat veritas, "Truth is in the middle" (which is to say, not at one extreme or the other!).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for BOS, the ox, and CANTHERIUS, a broken-down workhorse.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Sulpicius Gallus, who has a crater on the moon named after him, in part because of this little story!

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Iuppiter et Bubulcus, a fable about being very careful when you ask the god to grant your prayers.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Mustela et Mus Grandaevus, the story of the weasel and the wise old mouse. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Sus et Asinus Morbum Simulans, a story about the donkey who was tired of working, and Canis Venaticus et Molossi, a story about a hard-working hunting dog.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Wolf and the Mother and The Bald Knight. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Morgan's Selections from Latin Poets and Beeson & Scott's New Second Latin Book .

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Festina lente (English: Make haste slowly).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Cura atque industria (English: With care and effort).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Ut apes geometriam (English: As the bees [know] their geometry - just look at the honeycomb if you want proof!).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iniquum petendum ut aequum feras (English: Seek more than what is right so that you may carry off the right amount).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Lavare Peliam (English: To wash Pelias; from Adagia 2.10.56 - this was the deadly favor which Medea offered to teach the daughters of Pelias).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἅπας ἐχῖνος τραχύς (English: The whole hedgehog is prickly).

For an image today, here is the story of Jupiter and the cowherd: 777. Iuppiter et Bubulcus. Bubulcus amiserat vitulum de armento quod custodire debebat. Tum ille silvas et solitudines omnes obibat et requirebat vitulum. Sed, multa opera et labore magno nequicquam absumpto, votum Iovi fecit se haedum illi caesurum, si esset sibi fur ostensus qui vitulum rapuisset. Ibi forte delatus in saltum, videt leonem a quo mandebatur vitulus. Ad cuius conspectum ingenti formidine percitus, bubulcus “Magne,” inquit, “Iuppiter, reperto vituli fure, haedum me tibi ex voto debere confiteor, sed nunc opimum bovem a me accipe, et ex illius vi atque unguibus me eripe.” (source - easy version).

Bubulcus et Iuppiter