Friday, April 29, 2011

Round-Up: April 29

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is INVENIO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Viam inveniam aut faciam, "I will find a way, or make one."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for TAURUS , the bull, and FORMICA, the ant. Here's a nice one: Formica haud ignara ac non incauta futuri, "The ant is not ignorant nor reckless about the future" (in other words, while we are all lounging on the beach this summer, the ant is going to be gathering up those grains for the proverbial winter to come).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Polus Histrio, a story about method acting from the ancient world!

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Pastor et Lupi Catuli, the story of a shepherd who foolishly raised some wolf cubs.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Canes et Corium, the story of some greedy and foolish dogs. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Aesopus et Lucerna, an Aesopic variation of Diogenes looking for an honest man, and Testudo et Ranae, which tells what the turtle concluded by watching the life of the frogs.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Allen & Allen's Gallic War and Harkness's Select Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Rumpitur innumeris arbos uberrima pomis, / Et subito nimiae praecipitantur opes. (from Camerarius) and Nil recitas et vis, Mamerce, poeta videri: / quidquid vis esto, dummodo nil recites. (from Martial).

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Medium certum (English: The middle way is certain).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pauca sed bona (English: Few things, but good ones).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is In magno magni capiuntur flumine pisces (English: In the big river you can catch big fish).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Festucam in alterius oculo vides, in tuo trabem non vides (English: You see a bit of straw in another's eye, but you do not see the log in your eye).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ad Graecas calendas (English: On the Greek calends - which is to say, never, as the Greek calendar had no calend days as the Roman calendar did; from Adagia 1.5.84).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐξ ἴσου δίδου πᾶσιν (English: Give to all equally).

For an image today, here are those foolish dogs, 349. Canes et Corium. Corium depressum in flumine viderunt canes. Quod, ut extrahere celeriter possent, aquam coeperunt lambere. Sic rupti, perierunt priusquam quod petierant contingere valuissent. (source):

Canes et Corium