Sunday, May 22, 2011

Round-Up: May 22

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ORIOR - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Cum sol oritur, omnibus oritur, "When the sun rises, it rises for everyone."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for ACCIPITER, the hawk, and LEPUS, the rabbit. Here's a nice one: Annoso leoni vel lepores insultant, "When the lion is old, even the rabbits mock him."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Cyrus Moriens, the words of the dying Cyrus as reported by Xenophon.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Venator Meticulosus, the story of a hunter who finds more than he bargained for.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Vulpes et Vota Eius, the story of a fox who changes her wishes based on circumstances. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Gallina Plumis Spoliata, the sad story of a chicken who was attacked by a fox, and Spica Glorians, the story of a vain ear of wheat.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Hanson & Rolfe's Selections from Ovid and Virgil and Andrews's edition of Caesar .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Amplius in rebus noli sperare caducis, / Sed capiat tua mens aeternae gaudia lucis (from Wegeler) and Officium alterius multis narrare memento, / Atque aliis cum tu bene feceris ipse, sileto (from Cato's distichs).

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Disce docendo (English: Learn by teaching - obviously a motto that rings true for me; that's what these blogs are all about).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Scite, citissime, certe (English: Skillfully, swiftly, and surely).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Post tres saepe dies piscis vilescit et hospes (English: Often after three days the fish begins to stink, as does the houseguest).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Requiesce, comede, bibe, epulare (English: Rest, eat, drink, party!).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Azanaea mala (English: Azanean troubles; from Adagia 2.6.9 - the Azanes in Arcadia in the central Peloponnese inhabited a rough land, hard to farm and with a poor yield, so the proverb refers to any kind of fruitless labor).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἤως ὁρῶσα τὰ νυκτὸς ἔργα γελᾷ (English: Dawn looks upon the words of the night and laughs... and most college students will admit that their all-nighters sometimes result in some laughable results).

For an image today, here is the tomb of Cyrus the Great in his capital city, Pasargadae, appx. 30 miles from Persepolis in Iran; here are his dying words as reported by Xenophon: Apud Xenophontem moriens Cyrus maior haec dicit, "Nolite arbitrari, o mei carissimi filii, me, cum a vobis discessero, nusquam aut nullum fore. Nec enim, dum eram vobiscum, animum meum videbatis, sed eum esse in hoc corpore ex iis rebus quas gerebam intellegebatis. Eundem igitur esse creditote, etiam si nullum videbitis." (source)


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