Saturday, May 28, 2011

Round-Up: May 28

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is MENS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Scientia sol mentis, "Knowledge is the sun of the mind."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is the Aesop's fable Agricola et Filii Eius, which teaches the virtue of solidarity.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Aquila et Sagitta, the story of the eagle undone by its own feathers.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Asina Aegrota et Lupus , the story of the donkey and the wolf who wanted to be her doctor. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Iuppiter et Dolium, an Aesopic twist on Pandora's box, and Sceleratus et Daemon, the story of a criminal who wore out the devil himself.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Maclardy's Aeneid Book I and Dennison's Aeneid.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Asper erit victus, labor asper et asper amictus, / Aspera cuncta tibi, si vis super aethera scribi (from Wegeler) and Contra verbosos noli contendere verbis: / Sermo datur cunctis, animi sapientia paucis (from Cato's distichs).

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Hydram secas (English: You're slashing at the hydra - an allusion to Hercules's own struggle against that mythical beast!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pro mundi beneficio (English: For the good of the world).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Pastor bonus animam suam dat pro ovibus (English: The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lupum auribus teneo (English: I've got the wolf by the ears - which is to say that it is dangerous to hold on and just as dangerous to let go!).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Iovis sandalium (English: Jupiter's sandal; from Adagia 2.7.76 - this was a proverbial expression for some paltry object that claimed to be associated with a celebrity).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is : Ἄκρον λάβε, καὶ μέσον ἕξεις (English: Grab for the top and you will have the middle).

For an image today, here is an illustration to go with the proverb Hydram secas - it's Hercules solving that proverbial problem in order to accomplish one of his labors, assisted by his nephew Iolaus, with this Latin caption: Hercules Una Cum Iolao Hydram Occidit.