Monday, July 11, 2011

Round-Up: July 11

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. *NOVITAS* - I'm also at Google+Circles - are there any other Latinists out there using Google+Circles...? "Circle me" if you are!

HODIE: ante diem quintum Idus Iulias.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: The latest rung on the Scala is Scala 39 (1901-1950) . Here's a good one from this group: Unusquisque in arte sua sapiens est, "Each and every person is wise in his own craft."

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is QUOQUE - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog - it's very brief for today's word in fact, since I did not have much to say about quoque, although there are some great proverb examples! Here's one of them: Sanat, sanctificat, ditat quoque surgere mane, "Getting up early makes you healthy, holy and wealthy, too" (compare the Ben Franklin version in English: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise").

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Hesione, the daught of King Laomedon of Troy, and the sister of Priamus.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Avarus et Poma Marcescentia, a funny story about a miser and his rotten apples.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Perdix et Galli, the story of a partridge and some quarrelsome roosters.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Fures et Rusticus, a hilarious story about a farmer who could not trust his own eyes, and Oculi et Mel, the story of the eyes who wanted to enjoy the sweetness of honey.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Allen's edition of Tacitus's Agricola and Germany and Hime's Latin Language Syntax .

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Nihil nimium cupio (English: I desire nothing too much).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Aquilam noctuae comparas (English: You are comparing an eagle to an owl).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Post vinum verba, post imbrem nascitur herba (English: After wine come words, as grass grows after the rain).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Melior est pugillus cum requie quam plena utraque manus cum labore (Ecc. 4:6). 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: Homo bulla: Man is but a bubble, or bladder of the water. As who shuld say nothing is more frayle, more fugitive, more slight than the life of man. If ye require the Englishe Proverbe, it is this, Today a man, tomorow none.

For an image today, here is a medieval illustration of Hercules rescuing Hesione: Tot malis remedium quaesivit Laomedon; oraculo consulto, responsum est placandos Apollinem ac Neptunum, obiecta monstris marinis Troiana quotannis virgine. Sors Hesionem, regis ipsius filiam, neci addixerat; Hercules ita se liberaturum illam spopondit, si Laomedon quosdam insignes equos sibi daret. Promisit rex; at liberata filia, monstris abactis et interfectis, Herculem indonatum irrisumque valere iussit. Hercules, iusto furore percitus, obsedit urbem, cepit, ac regem interfecit. (source)