Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Round-Up: July 9

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.

Learning Latin Links. The link for today is Roman Breviary Online - an invaluable resource for those of you who are interested in the Catholic Mass in Latin, and also for anyone who wants to read the lives of the saints in Latin.

Verbosum: Latin and English Vocabulary-Building. The vocabulary topic for today is Latin Diminutives, a very productive aspect of Latin vocabulary which gives rise to all kinds of English derivatives as well, from muscle to umbrella!

Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae (English: There is no great talent without an admixture of madness). You can use the Javascript to include the Latin proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage, blog, or wiki. Meanwhile, to read a brief essay about this proverb, visit the AudioLatinProverbs.com website.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Κηρὸν τοῖς ὠσὶς ἐπαλείφεις (English: you're sealing your ears closed with wax - an allusion to the story of Odysseus and the Sirens!). You can use the Javascript to include the Greek proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage, blog, or wiki - and each Greek proverb also comes with a Latin version.

Vulgate Verses. The Vulgate Verses book is now available (from Lulu Publishers), and I'm commenting on various verses included in that book for their special qualities in Latin. Today's verse is an amazing simile from the Song of Solomon, Fortis est ut mors dilectio, dura sicut inferus aemulatio, which features a wonderful parallel structure - along with some insight into the vocabulary of the underworld and the afterlife of the "Inferno" (Latin inferus).

How-To Technology Tips. Today's technology tip is about Navigating del.icio.us by using "related tags" - and also some nify ways to use RSS feeds built with related tags!

Latin Via Fables: I've added a Perry fable type, with a Latin version by De Furia plus an illustration, to the blog today. This time it is Perry 176, the story of the man who rescued a frozen serpent. Here is the illustration:




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