Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Round-Up: April 27

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is MALUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Nullus dies omnino malus, "No day is altogether bad" (so something good better happen between now and midnight to redeem all the foolishness that wasted my time today, ha ha).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for ARANEA, the spider, and SERPENS, the snake. Here's a nice one: Quis miserebitur incantatori a serpente percusso?, "Who will sorry for the snake-charmer who is bitten by his own snake?"

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Hannibal et Antiochus, an anecdote about Hannibal and Antiochus the Great, who waged war against Rome in the Roman-Syrian War.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Feles, Aquila, et Sus, a great story about a treacherous cat and her friends, the eagle and the pig.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Olor et Anseres, the story of a swan who was mistaken for a goose. (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 Formica, a funny debate between an ant and a catepillar who later becomes a butterfly, and Philosophus Atheniensis, the story of a would-be philosopher who cannot keep his mouth shut.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Ferguson's Introductory Latin Delectus‎ and Clement's Latin Selections‎ .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Maior in adversis virtutis gloria vera est: / Uberior ventis Myrrha agitata fluit. (from Camerarius) and Hostem cum fugeret, se Fannius ipse peremit. / Hic, rogo, non furor est, ne moriare, mori? (from Martial).

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Cavendo (English: By being cautious).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Longae regum manus (English: Long are the hands of kings)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est unusquisque faber ipsae suae fortunae (English: Each and every person is the maker of his own luck). 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: Mori est felicis, antequam mortem invoces (English: You're lucky if you die before you beg for death).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Primum abigendas apes, deinde ac mel subtrahendum (English: 4.9.7; from Adagia You've got to drive the bees away before you can steal the honey).

For an image today, here is Raphael's The School of Athens, for the fable of the would-be philosopher: 880. Philosophus Atheniensis. Mos erat apud Athenas quod qui voluit haberi pro philosopho, bene verberaretur et, si patienter se haberet, pro philosopho haberetur. Quidam autem bene verberabatur et, antequam iudicatum esset quod philosophus haberetur, statim post verbera exclamavit dicens, “Bene sum dignus vocari philosophus.” Et respondit ei quidam, “Frater, si tacuisses, philosophus esses.” (source)

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