Monday, April 11, 2011

Round-Up: April 11

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've got a new project going, as you'll see below: Disticha Latina, a collection of two-line poems in Latin, with a Latin-English vocabulary list for each one. I'm posting in there every day now, so I'll have two little poems for each round-up; see below.

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus Apriles (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is NULLUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nullus dies omnino malus, "No day is altogether bad."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for HIRCUS, the billy-goat, and MUS, the mouse. Here's a nice one about mice: Qui cum felibus venatur mures capiet, "He who hunts with cats will catch mice."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Sacerdos Callidus, a funny little story about a sacrifice at the temple of Diana in Rome.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Graculus et Avarus, a wonderful little story about a greedy man and a thieving jackdaw.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Cancer et Filius Eius, a story of "do as I say, not as I do." (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Scarabaeus et Fur, an outrageous little story about a man who got a beetle in his butt, and Formica Alata, the story of what happened to the ant who wanted wings.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Adams' Lectiones Selectae and Sanford & Scott's A Junior Latin Reader .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Taurus, Olor, Satyrusque ob amorem, et Iupiter Aurum est / Europes, Ledes, Antiopes, Danaes (source) and O dives, dives! non omni tempore vives! / Fac bene, dum vivis, post mortem vivere si vis (source).

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at Schoolhouse Widgets.

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Occasio premenda (English: Opportunity should be pursued).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Multum, non multa (English: Much, not many - in other words: focus! don't multitask!).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Si cantes asino, crepitus tibi reddet ab ano (English: If you sing to a donkey, he'll return you a fart from his rump).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Vivorum memento (English: Remember the living).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Expertes invidentiae Musarum fores (English: Let the doors of the Muses be free from envy; from Adagia 1.2.85 - note the word expers here, which means "having no part in").

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀνδρὸς μείζονος μὴ κοινώνει (English: Don't get involved with a person more powerful than yourself).

For an image today, here is a mosaic that depicts Jupiter as a satyr with Antiope, as in one of today's little poems: Taurus, Olor, Satyrusque ob amorem, et Iupiter Aurum est / Europes, Ledes, Antiopes, Danaes (source).