Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Round-Up: April 19

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 tertium decimum Kalendas Maias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is INVITO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Veterem ferendo iniuriam, invitas novam, "By putting up with an old wrong, you invite a new one."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for PULEX, the flea, and AQUILA, the eagle. Here's a nice one: Ne ad pugnam vocet aquilam luscinia, "The nightingale shouldn't challenge the eagle to a fight."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Libri Sibyllini, the marvelous story of King Tarquin the Proud and the Sibyl's books.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Asinus et Canis, a fable about the dog and a thistle-eating donkey.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Apes, Fuci, et Vespa, the dispute between the hard-working bees and the lazy drones. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Diogenes et Poculum Eius, the famous story of Diogenes and his drinking cup, and Imago Picta in Camera Alta, a fable about an optical illusion.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Gardiner's A Latin Anthology for Beginners and Sykes' First Readings in Latin‎.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Si faveat caelum, bene surculus arbore crescet: / Si faveat Numen, tu quoque magnus eris. (from Camerarius, with an emblematic illustration) and Carmina Paulus emit, recitat sua carmina Paulus. / Nam quod emas possis iure vocare tuum. (from Martial - you could call it an epigram for students who buy their term papers from paper mills!).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Nitor donec supero (English: I strive until I triumph).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Litteris absentes videmus (English: We see people who are absent through letters).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pomum compunctum cito corrumpit sibi iunctum (English: A bruised fruit quickly spoils the fruit next to it).

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Summum ius, summa iniuria: Extreme lawe is extreme wrong. This is to say, then most of all men swarve from right and equitie whan they most supersticiouslye sticke to the letters of lawes, not regarding th'intent of the makers. For this is called, Summum ius, that is to say, the extremitie or rigoure of the lawe, whan all the strife and contencion is upon the wordes of the law without any respecte to the meaning and purpose of the lawe makers.

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Solem suum oriri facit super bonos et malos et pluit super iustos et iniustos (Matt. 5:45). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

For an image today, here is Diogenes and his cup: 877. Diogenes et Poculum Eius. Diogenes Cynicus ubique secum ferre solebat poculum ligneum, quo aquam sibi e fonte hauriret. Sed cum aliquando videret puerum manibus aquam haurientem, poculum abiecit. “Apage,” inquit, “quid mihi te opus est? Carere poculo possum; manus idem mihi officium praestabunt.” (source)