I'll be starting the regular blog up again tomorrow, on Tuesday, December 1, but I thought I would share some of the work I got done over Thanksgiving week! I've been working very hard on the Latin motto and proverb widgets, trying to add in the English translations for the widgets that previously had only the Latin. Personally, I would hope everybody would read and enjoy the proverbs in Latin - but if the English can help people to do that, fiat Anglice!
Some of the widgets listed below are new ones that I created over the past week; others have been available before, but without English translations as part of the widget. My favorite is the new Elizabethan English proverb commentary (a combination of Conybeare and Taverner) which you will find at the bottom of this post!
For those of you reading this blog post via email, you will be able to see the widgets in action by visiting the blog post, or you can click on the link to one of the widget titles and see both the date-based version and the random version of that particular widget.
NEW!!! 2-Word Mottoes: These are Latin mottoes, just one or two words in length.
NEW!!! 3-Word Mottoes: Nouns: Here you have mottoes that are three words in length, but with no verbs!
NEW!!! 3-Word Mottoes: Verbs: These are three-word mottoes that do contain some kind of verb form.
2-Word Proverbs: These are proverbs - some of which can serve as mottoes, of course - which are just one or two words long.
3-Word Proverbs: These are proverbs that are three words long, with no verbs - I'll be coming up with a three-word widget soon that has proverbs with verbs.
Audio Proverbs: For each of these proverbs there is a link to a blog post with audio and a brief essay in English about the proverb.
Rhymes: These are rhyming proverbs, often in Leonine verse, as collected by Wegeler.
Animals: Here you have some of my favorite animal proverbs.
Vulgate Verses: These are verses, or parts of verses, from the Vulgate Bible, with a link to the New Advent Vulgate Latin Bible online.
Polydorus: These are sayings, both "sacred and profane" from Polydorus's Adagia.
Publilius Syrus: These are some of the proverbs found in the writings of the Roman Publilius Syrus.
Erasmus: Animals: Here you have more animal sayings, this time taken from the Adagia of Erasmus:
Erasmus: Names: These are sayings from Erasmus which feature a proper name, either of a person or a place or a god.
NEW!!! Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: I found these 16th-century English commentaries on Erasmus by Conybeare and by Taverner - the Elizabethan style English is delightful, I think!