Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Round-Up: January 25

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.

I'm trying a new kind of podcast experiment - more in English than in Latin this time, looking at Latin proverbs about teaching and learning in Latin, with a brief commentary in English each day! There is some Latin grammar commentary too which you will find at the accompanying blog post although I've not included that part in the audio podcast.

PROVERB PODCAST: The latest podcasts are for Errando discitur, "We learn by making mistakes," and Dies diei discipulus , "One day is the student of another."

HODIE: ante diem octavum Kalendas Februarias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ATQUE - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Vocatus atque non vocatus Deus aderit, "When called and even when not called, God will be present."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for COLUBER, the snake, and CULEX, the gnat.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Culex et Leo, the story of the gnat's fleeting victory over the lion.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Leo et Vulpes, Socii, the story of a lion and an overly ambitious fox. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Ovis Callida et Lupus, about the sheep who outsmarted the wolf dressed in sheep's clothing, and Agnus in Templo et Lupus, the story of a lamb fleeing from a wofl.

ENGLISH AESOP: The latest new fables are The Old Pilot and the Sailors and Opportunity Described. (Plus, there's an English "fable of the day" each day, too.)

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Book is Davies' translation of the fables of Babrius into rhyming English verse.

ROMAN HISTORY: I'm making my way now through Mommsen's History of Rome, having reached Hannibal's adventures in Italy. (If you are interested in joining in this Roman history project, you can find the reading schedule and all the books online, too - just visit that blog for more information).

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at SchoolhouseWidgets.com.

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Fata obstant. (English: The Fates stand in the way).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pulchre, bene, recte (English: Nicely, rightly, and correctly).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Durum tondere leonem (English: It is a difficult thing to shear a lion).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sus Minervam docet (English: The pig is teaching Athena - which is ridiculous, of course, as Athena is the goddess of wisdom).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Phormionis torus (English: The bed of Phormio; from Adagia 2.9.66 - Phormio was a vigorous general who loved the military life and slept on the ground with this men, which is to say, without a bed at all).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Μακραὶ τυράννων χεῖρες (English: Long are the hands of king).

In honor of the three Fata in the proverb Fata obstant, I thought I would include this medieval tapestry as today's image - you can see that they are labeled with their Greek names, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos:

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