Thursday, April 21, 2011

Round-Up: April 21

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TANTUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Quantum potes, tantum aude, "Dare to do as much as you are able."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for TURTUR, the turtle-dove, and PAVO, the peacock - as in Pulchrior quam pavo, "Prettier than a peacock" (with nice alliteration in both the Latin and the English!).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Pyrrhus et Consules Romani, a story about a plot to kill King Pyrrhus, a plot thwarted by the Roman consuls.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Haedus Saltans et Lupus , the story of how the wise little goat managed to escape from the wolf.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Cornicula et Ovis, a story about a sheep and a mean old crow. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Apelles et Alexander Rex, the story of Apelles, Alexander, and Alexander's horse, and Formicae Duae, a story about a modest ant and another ant who loves luxury.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Church's Latin Prose Lessons and Allen's Latin Primer.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Das numquam, semper promittis, Galla, roganti: / si semper fallis, iam rogo, Galla, nega. (from Martial) and Qui laurum et palmam victricem carpere gaudes, / Montis, si nescis, ardua scande prius. (from Camerarius).

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Paulatim (English: Little by little).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Eventus stultorum magister (English: The outcome is the teacher of fools - in other words, a wise man can anticipate problems and take measures to prevent them... but fools are wise only after the fact)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Inter pygmaeos regnat nanus (English: Among the pygmies, the dwarf is king). 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: Male vivunt, qui se semper victuros putant (English: People who think they are going to live forever do a bad job of living).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Caudae pilos equinae paulatim vellere (English: Plucking the hairs of a horse's tail, one by one - as opposed to trying to tugging on the whole tail all at once; from Adagia 1.8.95).

For an image today, here is a painting of Apelles and Alexander, 872. Apelles et Alexander. Rex Alexander, contemplatus imaginem suam quam Apelles, celeberrimus pictor, pinxerat, minus laudavit picturam quam ille exspectaverat. Cum autem introductus equus adhinniret equo picto, quasi etiam hic verus esset equus, tum Apelles, “O rex,” inquit, “equus tuus artis pingendi peritior esse videtur quam tu.” (source)