Friday, April 15, 2011

Round-Up: April 15

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: ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Maias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for NOCTUA, the owl, and VACCA, the cow. Here's a nice one: Vicini vacca distentius uber gerit, "The neighbor's cow has bigger udders" (kind of a bovine version of "the grass is always greener).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Lucretia, the sad story of Lucretia and the overthrow of King Tarquin.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Bos Fimum Evehens, a hilarious little story about barnyard karma.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Canis et Fur, the story of a thief who tried to bribe the watchdog. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Mercurius, Homo, et Formica, a marvelous story about human hypocrisy exposed by the gods, and Coclea et Canis, the story of the dog who mistook an oyster for an egg.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Weld's Latin Lessons and Reader and Jones's First Lessons in Latin.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Omnia sunt mundi, quasi bulla caduca, rotundi /
In pratis ut flos, sic cadit omnis honos.
(from Wegeler) and Plena boni est mulier bona res pretiosaque, Cosme: / rara sed esse nimis res pretiosa solet. (from Campion).

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Scienter utor (English: I enjoy things wisely).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnium rerum vicissitudo (English: There is change in all things)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae (English: There is no great talent without an admixture of madness). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Gravissimum est imperium consuetudinis (English: The rule of habit is most tyrannical).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Simia simia est, etiam si aurea gestet insignia (English: A monkey is a monkey, even if it's wearing gold medals; from Adagia 1.7.11).

For an image today, here is the story of the loyal watchdog, 385. Canis et Fur. Nocturnus fur, cum panem misisset cani, canis ait, “Linguam meam vis praecludere, pro re domini mei ne latrem. Quaeris ut facias per meam culpam lucrum.” Repentina liberalitas stultis grata esse videtur, peritis irrita. (source)