Monday, June 13, 2011

Round-Up: June 13

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: Idus Iuniae, the Ides of June (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is MOS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more, which expresses in Latin the same saying we have in English: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" (that vivito in the Latin phrase is a future imperative).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Cervus Arcadiae, another of the labors of Hercules.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Luna et Mater, the story of the moon who wanted her mother to make her a dress.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Vulpes Sine Cauda, a story about fashion among foxes. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Turbo et Puer, the story of a boy and his top, and Cicada et Vulpes, a story of a fox out-foxed.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Caldecott's edition of Eutropius and Jerram's Reddenda Minora.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Despice divitias, si vis animo esse beatus, / Quas qui suscipiunt, mendicant semper avari. (from Cato's distichs) and Etsi per multos coccyx cantaverit annos / Edere nescit adhuc aliud quam dicere "Kuckuck." (from Wegeler).

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Cavendo tutus (English: Safe by being cautious).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Quaevis terra patria (English: Any land at all is my country)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Libri muti magistri sunt (English: Books are mute teachers). 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: Fulmen est, ubi cum potestate habitat iracundia (English: When anger dwells with power the result is a thunderbolt).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Elephantum ex musca facis (English: You're making an elephant out of a fly; from Adagia 1.9.69).

Here's an illustration by Arthur Rackham for the story of the moon and her mother: 745. Luna et Mater. Luna matrem quondam fertur orasse suam ut sibi vestem texeret convenientem corpori suo. Cui illa responderit peti a se rem quam praestare nequeat, quod nulla vestis eius corpori convenire posse videatur, quae modo plena esset et globosa, modo velut in orbem dimidiari, modo quasi in circulum extenuari, postremo etiam excavari et evanescere soleat. (source - easy version)

Luna et Mater

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