Monday, April 25, 2011

Round-Up: April 25

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is SOL - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nil novi sub sole, "There's nothing new under the sun."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for PORCUS, the pig, and TESTUDO, the turtle. Here's a nice one: Qui prendidistis, iidem edite testudines, "If you caught the turtles, you yourselves better eat them" (an allusion to the Aesop's fable about the god Mercury, the fishermen, and the turtles).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Scipio Africanus Accusatus , when Scipio invokes the gods on his own behalf.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Oves Timidae et Pastor, a funny little story about the shepherd's efforts to boost his flock's self-confidence.

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

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Testudo et Lacerta, the debate between the lizard and the turtle, and Scarabaeus et Lupus, a funny story about an invasive little beetle.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books contains the latest books with macrons that I've found at GoogleBooks; to see the Latin readers I've found with macrons, take a look at the posts tagged "macrons" here.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Virtutem primam esse puto compescere linguam: / Proximus ille deo est, qui scit ratione tacere. (from Cato's distichs) and Palma velut riguos nunquam pallescit ad amnes, / Sic viret ad Verbi flumina sacra pius. (from Camerarius).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Lege, sapere aude (English: Read, dare to be wise).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Adeunt etiam optima (English: The best things are yet to be).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Si tibi do mannos, numeres ne dentibus annos (English: If I give you some ponies, don't look at their teeth to guess their age - in other words, don't look gift-ponies in the mouth).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Stultorum infinitus est numerus (Ecc. 1:15). 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: Talpa caecior: Blynder then a mole: A proverbe applied to them that lacke judgement yn thinges that are playne.

Today's image is for the story of the shepherd and his timid flock, 306. Oves Timidae et Pastor. Pastor qui magnum caprarum oviumque gregem habebat, videns gregem suum quotidie lupi escam fieri ac minui, oves et capras congregans, longa eos oratione hortatus est ne vellent lupum formidare, cum essent numero plures, et cornibus, quibus lupus careret, insuper armatae; sed vellent unanimiter et auxilio mutuo sese ab illius impetu et furore defendere, promittens se quoque eis non defuturum. Illae, hac oratione animatae, promittunt iurantque se nequaquam lupo cessuras. Cum autem paulo post lupus adventare nuntiaretur, tanto timore affectae sunt ut nullis pastoris verbis possent a fuga cohiberi. Tunc pastor secum “Impossibile est,” inquit, “mutari posse Naturam.” (source - easy version)

Pastor et Grex