Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Round-Up: May 24

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ANIMAL - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Minimum animal pulex, saltu maximum superat elephantem, "The flea is a teeny-tiny animal; with a leap it surmounts the great elephant."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Scipio de Consulibus, a witty remark attributed to Scipio regarding which is worse: an impoverished politician or a greedy one.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mercurius, Homo, et Formicae, an outstanding fable about the justice of god and men - this is one of my very favorite fables!

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Avara et Gallina, the story of a woman and her fat chicken. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Simonides et Gemini, the famous story of how Simonides was rescued by Castor and Pollux, and Corvi et Vir Timidus, the story of a cowardly man and a noisy crow.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Clark's Selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses and Heroides (another one of those interlinear books) and Eutropius's Seven Books of the History of Rome (also an interlinear edition).

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are A medico indocto, a cibo bis cocto, / A mala muliere libera nos, Domine! (from Wegeler) and Quem superare potes, interdum vince ferendo; / Maxima enim morum semper patientia virtus. (from Cato's distichs).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Nolo servile capistrum (English: I refuse to wear the slave's halter).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Furor arma ministrat (English: Rage supplies the weapons).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Intima per mores cognoscimus exteriores (English: We know a person's inner being through his external habits).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Nos debemus alterutrum diligere (I John 4:11). 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 Conybeare: Ex tripode: When we speake of thinges which are veri true, and not to be doubted as it were spoken of goddes owne mouthe.

Today's image is of the greedy women and her fat chicken: 982. Avara et Gallina. Vidua habebat avem, quae ei quotidie unum pareret ovum. Largius ergo istam incepit alere, existimans fore ut, abundantius nutrita, duo pareret ova. Avis contra, nimiis alimentis facta obesior, ne unum quidem, ut antea, eniti potuit ovum. Qui maiora concupiscunt, parva quae possident saepissime solent amittere. (source)

Mulier et Gallina Obesa