Thursday, August 11, 2011

Round-Up: August 11

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. There are notices also at Twitter -look for Aesopus and AesopusEnglish. I'm using Google+ a lot these days - are there any of you I should look for there?

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus Augustas.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: The latest rung on the Scala is Scala 59 (2901-2950). Here's a new item: Avidissimus quisque est egestosissimus, "Whoever is greediest is neediest."

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is QUIDEM - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Ne Iuppiter quidem omnibus placet, "Not even Jupiter can please everybody."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Polyphemus, the story of that notorious Cyclops.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Canis Villaticus, a story of a dog who realized that it is sometimes better to stand and fight than to run away.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Coclea et Iuppiter, a story about the snail and its shell.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Columba et Mustela, the story of the different mothering styles of the dove and the weasel, and Cuculus et Cantus Eius, a hilarious little story about the vain cuckoo bird and why he always sings "cuc-koo."

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Palingenius' Zodiacus Vitae and Gartner's Dicteria Proverbialia .

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Impelle obstantia (English: Push obstacles aside - a good motto for the beginning of the school year!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Labor ipse voluptas (English: Labor itself is a pleasure).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is portet vulpinari cum vulpibus (English: You've got to play the fox with the foxes).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui seminat ventum, turbinem metet (English: He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Bocchyris iudicium (English: The judgment of Bocchyris; from Adagia 2.7.65 - The story goes that a man had a sexual dream about a prostitute, and the prostitute demanded he pay her for dream services; King Bocchyris of Egypt ruled that the money be put into a basin and shaken around so that the prostitute could enjoy the look of the coin and thus be satisfied appropriately).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Δρυὸς πεσούσης, πᾶς ἀνὴρ ξυλεύεται (English: When the oak tree has fallen, every man can cut wood).

For an image today, here is the snail coming to see Jupiter; look closely to see the snail: 641. Coclea et Iuppiter. Cum Iuppiter ab exordio mundi singulis animalibus munera quae petiissent elargiretur, coclea ab eo petiit ut domum suam posset circumferre. Interrogata a Iove quare tale ab eo munus exposceret, quod illi grave et molestum futurum erat, “Malo,” inquit, “tam grave onus perpetuo ferre quam, cum mihi libuerit, malum vicinum non posse vitare.” (source)

Iuppiter et Coclea

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