Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Round-Up: May 4

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is TUNC - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Tunc alios culpa, cum tu sis sine culpa, "You can blame others when you yourself are blameless."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for HIRUNDO, the swallow, and BOS, the ox. Here's a nice one: Optat ephippia bos piger, optat arare caballus, "The lazy ox wants fancy horse trappings, and the horse wants to plow the field."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Mausolus, the story of Artemisia, her husband Mausolus and the first mausoleum.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Vulpes et Mulieres, what happened when the fox saw some women eating roast chickens.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Asinus et Viatores Duo, the story of two men fighting over a stray donkey. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Serapis et Parricida, a great fable about the god Serapis, and Fur et Stultus, a funny little story about a quick-witted thief.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Harkness's Sallust - Catiline and Gardner's Selection from Latin Classic Authors .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Multorum cum facta senex et dicta recenses, / Fac tibi succurrant, iuvenis quae feceris ipse. (from Cato) and Consilio moderato animos frenato furentes, / Ut rigidas quercus vimina lenta solent. (from Camerarius).

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Memor (English: Mindful).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus edax rerum (English: Time is the eater of things)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Echinus partum differt (English: The hedgehog postpones its giving birth). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

Maxims of Publilius Syrus: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Nulla hominum maior poena est quam infelicitas (English: There is no great punishment for people than unhappiness).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Bos lassus fortius figit pedem (English: The ox, when tired, fixes his hoof more firmly; from Adagia 1.1.47).

For an image today, here is the god Serapis and a story about how he vindicates the power of divine justice, 801. Serapis et Parricida. Decubuerat ad ruinosum parietem quidam facinoribus parricidii pollutus, ut ibi somnum caperet. Huic oblatus per quietem Serapis, monuit eum ut fugeret atque discederet et alibi obdormisceret. Paruit ille et surrexit atque abiit, cum statim paries ille corruit. Mane gratias agens hic diis ob conservatam ab ipsis vitam suam cum gaudio rem divinam fecit, quasi parricidae numini divino cari essent. Rursum autem Serapis dormienti suam speciem ostendit et “Censesne tu,” inquit, “sceleste, mihi curae esse improbos atque malos? Immo si tu nunc isto pacto obiisses mortem, fuisset ea singularis doloris et infamiae expers. Quam ideo nunc effugisti, quia servaris crucis merito supplicio.” (source)

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