Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Round-Up: August 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.

Classes started today! I managed to get everything up and ready (just in time!) - and now I hope I can back on a more regular schedule with the Latin amusements. Thank you for your patience! :-)

HODIE: ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Septembres. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.


You can get access to all the proverb of the day scripts (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.

Audio Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nemo est supra leges (English: No one is above the laws). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Proverbium Perbreve of the Day: Today's two-word proverb is: Compesce mentem (English: Control your thoughts - and the root of "compescere" is "com-pes," which is to say soemthing that ties your feet together, like shackles: so, the idea is not to let your thoughts wander about).

Proverbium Breve of the Day: Today's three-word proverb is: Bonus esto bonis (English: Be good to the good - or, as my husband likes to say, quoting some episode from M*A*S*H I think, "It's nice to be nice to the nice").

Vulgate Verse of the Day: Today's verse is Pulsate, et aperietur vobis (Matt. 7:7). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Latin Animal Proverb of the Day: Today's animal proverb is Mala gallina, malum ovum (English: Bad chicken, bad egg - I've heard this one in a Polish version, too: Marna kura - marne jajko).

Proper Name Proverb of the Day: Today's proper name proverb is Venereum iusiurandum (English: A venereal oath... which sounds pretty dreadful in English, since we mostly use the word "veneral" just for diseases! The Latin phrase refers to a "lover's oath" - an oath spoken in passion, and therefore exempt from the usual seriousness that an oath entails).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὁ δύο πτῶκας διώκων, οὐδέτερον καταλαμβάνει (English: He who chases two rabbits does not catch either one). If you look at the Greek Proverb of the Day widget, you'll see it comes with a Latin translation, too.


Ictibus Felicibus: Today's fable with macrons and accent marks is Catta in Feminam Mutata, the wonderful story of what happened when Venus turned a cat into a woman.

Fable of the Day: Today's fable of the day from Barlow is De Vulpe et Aquila, the story of what happened when the eagle stole the fox's cubs.

Tar Heel Readers: Materials continue to accumulate at Tar Heel Reader (keep up with the latest items at the Libelli Latini blog). Today I decided to feature Gilbo, Pars Prima, the first of a series of little stories about Gilbo and his family!

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.


Magistra Sheppard said...

I hope that the beginning of your semester is going well. I know you are super busy as am I, but I really don't like the way the Tarheel Reader "Tigrisovis" we made came out and was wondering if you would check it out. I know at one point I should change a page up to have a cum clause (I try to keep it as simple as possible so that my little Latins can read it).
Also, I love your webinar powerpoints on Web 2.0. I have my own online Latin classes for elementary and high school and was wondering, in your expert opinion, if I could use ning along with an online gradebook as a substitute for a course management system. I used Moodle last year and it was fine but did crash a lot.
If you are able to write me back, feel free to do it in a very terse and pithy way--I know you have a lot to do right now!
Kathy Sheppard

Laura Gibbs said...

Hi Kathy, I saw the Tigrisovis, but I had not read it yet - I usually wait until two or three of them are there, and do them together, but I will definitely take a look at it on Wednesday morning!

Ning: I think that unfortunately the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act effectively prevents Nings being used at elementary school level; that is what emerged in a discussion of Nings at LatinBestPractices. For high schools, though, it definitely can work, and Bob Patrick is using one in his high school (more about that here).

The way I use Ning is actually in combination with something like Moodle (we use the Desire2Learn system at my school) - so I keep the gradebook information in Desire2Learn, but students interact at the Ning and they "declare" their participation in the Ning. That is a great system for college students; I'm not sure how high school students would respond to being asked to take on that responsibility! Anyway, you can see how it works at my course websites - they are all accessible here:

I'm looking forward to reading about the Tigrisovis on Wednesday!!! :-)