Saturday, May 7, 2011

Round-Up: May 7

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

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is FIO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Quod tibi vis fieri, fac alteri, "What you want to be done to you, do you to another."

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for APES, the bee, and MILVUS, the kite. Here's a nice one: Rete ne tendas accipitri et milvo, "Don't try to catch a hawk or a kite with a bird net."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Sertorius et Cerva Eius, the story of Sertorius and his supernatural white deer.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Ranae Duae et Puteus, the story of two frogs - one who is reckless, and one who is cautious.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Asinus et Canis, a fable about the different tastes of a dog and a donkey. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Rusticus et Torrens, the story of how still waters run deep, and Viator et Lapides, the story of a traveler who confronts a stony path.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Harkness's Preparatory Course in Latin Prose Authors and Allen & Greenough's edition of Cicero's Senectute & de Amicitia.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Quamvis dura, tamen caprificus marmora findit. / Contemnas hostem, si sapis, ipse cave. (from Camerarius) and Frangere vi mavis, quam lente flectere ramum? / Est tractare homines molliter artis opus. (also from Camerarius).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Ne cede malis (English: Yield not to evils).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Sol omnibus lucet (English: The sun shines on everyone).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe ferox iuvenem mors rapit ante senem (English: Cruel death often snatches the young man before the old).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Dimitte mortuos sepelire mortuos suos (Matt. 8:22). 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: Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur: A friend certain is espied in a thing incertaine, that is to say, in adversitie, where a mans matters are inconstant, doubtfull, and full of daunger. And therfore yf thou will do wel, do as the english proverbe biddeth the. Prove thy friend, ere thou have nede.

For an image today, here is Camerarius's emblem to go with the distich about the wild fig tree which shows that even if you are hard as rock you should beware of potential enemies: Quamvis dura, tamen caprificus marmora findit. / Contemnas hostem, si sapis, ipse cave.