Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Round-Up: April 13

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.

HODIE: Idus Apriles, the "Ides of April" (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is DOCEO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Bis discit qui docet, "He who teaches learns twice" (I guess that's the main reason why I love my job as a teacher).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for VULTUR, the vulture, and VIPERA, the viper. Here's a nice one: Ne lupum ovibus, agnis viperam adiungas, "Don't yoke the wolf to the sheep, nor the viper to the lambs."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Tarquinius Superbus, the story of cruel King Tarquinius and the coded message of the flowers in the meadow.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Catus et Gallus, the story of a cat determined to find an excuse for killing the rooster.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Cornix et Urna, the famous story of the thirsty crow. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Papilio et Vespa, the story of the wasp's rebuke of the mournful butterfly, and Aesopus et Petulans, the story about how Aesop got his revenge on a hooligan.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Leighton's First Steps in Latin and Evans' First Lessons in Latin.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Nescio quid sit amor: nec amo, nec amor, nec amavi / Sed scio, si quis amat, uritur igne gravi. (from Wegeler) and Qui sapit in multis, vix desipuisse videri / ulla in re poterit: tam bona fama bona est. (from Campion).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Gaudet tentamine virtus (English: Excellence rejoices in effort).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Surge, qui dormis (English: Rise up, you who sleep).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Asinus ad lapidem non bis offendit eundum (English: A donkey does not stumble twice over the same stone).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Nemo est qui semper vivat (Ecc. 9:4). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Ad vivum resecare: To touche it to the quicke. A proverbe taken of parynge of nayles until the bloude doth appeare, which signifieth to touche a thinge nearer than nede requireth.

Today's image is for the story of the cat and the rooster, 394. Catus et Gallus. Catus, cum gallum cepisset, criminare coepit quod esset animal turbulentum, qui noctu clamitando non permitteret homines quiescere. Gallus se excusabat quod id ageret ad eorum voluptatem, cum ad opera facienda illos excitaret. Rursum catus ait, “Impius es, qui nec a matre nec a sororibus te abstineas, sed per incontinentiam illis te commisceas.” Gallus se defendebat dixitque quod, ex huiusmodi coitu, gallinae pariunt ova. Tunc inquit catus, “Quamvis excusationibus abundes, ego tamen te missum facere non intendo.” (source - easy version).

Feles et Gallus

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