Sunday, May 1, 2011

Round-Up: May 1

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: Kalendae Maiae, the Kalends of May (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is VIS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Plura consilio quam vi perficimus, "We can accomplish more things by planning than by force."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for ALAUDA, the crested lark, and LEO, the lion. Here's a nice one: Ne capra contra leonem, "The nanny-goat should not [fight] against the lion."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Teanum Sidicinum, a funny little story about a Roman woman who wanted to bathe in the men's baths.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Navigantes in Eadem Navi Inimici, a fable about undying enmity!

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Ranae Duae Vicinae, a story about two frogs, one wise, and one foolish. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Coclea et Gallus, a story about a persistent little snail, and Erucae Duae, a story about a very self-important butterfly.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Allen's Select Orations of Cicero and White's Fables of Phaedrus .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Festinare nocet, nocet et cunctatio saepe: / Tempore quaeque suo qui facit, ille sapit. (from Camerarius) and Cautus homo est, et Acerrus habet quot lumina quondam / Argus, at haec dubie cuncta nihilve vident. (from Campion).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Non nobis nascimur (English: We are not born for ourselves alone).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Necessitati parendum est (English: Necessity must be obeyed).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Parcito saepe cibis, et sic annosior ibis (English: Be sparing often with your food, and thus will go on to live a longer life).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Qui seminat iniquitatem, metet mala (Proverbs 22:8). 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 Taverner: Omnia idem pulvis: Al is one self dust or asshes. From earth wee came, and to earth wee shall. Yea the scripture saith that asshes wee be, and to asshes we shall reverte. Nowe amongest asshes or dust I pray you, what greate difference is ther? How will ye discerne the asshes of a Kinge, or an Emperour, of a Duke, of a great Bishop, from the asshes of a cobler, yea of a begger..

Today's image is for the story of the two frogs, 610. Ranae Duae Vicinae. Ranae duae vicina loca incolebant, altera paludem profundam, altera lacunulam iuxta viam in qua modicum aquae substiterat. Tum illa paludis inhabitatrix hortabatur alteram ad se ut commigraret, ubi multo tutiorem vitam degere liceret. Haec vero negabat se posse avelli a consueto domicilio atque loco. Paulo post, eam nihil metuentem plaustri rotae contriverunt (source).

Ranae Duae Vicinae