Monday, September 19, 2011

Round-Up: September 19

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm using Google+ a lot these days - are there any of you I should look for there?

HODIE: ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Octobres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 64 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 64 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Quod vis videri, esto, "Be that which you wish to seem to be!"

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Gemini Filii, a story about the birth of Romulus and Remus.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is VIR - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Qualis avis, talis cantus; qualis vir, talis oratio, "As the bird, so the song; as the man, so his speech."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is AMOR - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Amor magister est optimus, "Love is the best teacher."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Asinus Leoni Cantans, a funny little story about a self-confident donkey.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mercurius, Homo, et Formicae , one of my favorite fables - the the story of a god, some ants, and a hypocritical human being.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Avarus Agros Custodiens, a great fable about generosity and prosperity, and Avarus, Ignis Repertor, a story about the paradoxical and painful nature of greed.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Membra et Venter, a story recorded by Livy made famous by its use by Shakespeare in Coriolanus.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Horapollinis Hieroglyphica Graece et Latine and L'Estrange's Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists .

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Vulneror, non vincor (English: I am wounded, not defeated).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Caritas omnia potest (English: Love can do all things).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Disce, quid es, quid eris: memor esto, quod morieris (English: Learn what you are, and what you will be: remember that you will die).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Spiritus quidem promptus; caro vero infirma (Mark 14:38). 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: Veritas simplex oratio: Trouthes tale is simple, he that meaneth good faith, goeth not about to glose his communicacion with painted wordes. Plaine and homely men call a figge, a figge, and a spade a spade. Rhetorike and coloringe of spech, proved manye times a mans matter to be naught.

Today's image is for the famous fable of the belly and the members, 751. Membra et Venter. Membra quondam dicebant ventri, “Nosne te semper ministerio nostro alemus, dum tu summo otio frueris? Hoc non diutius faciemus.” Dum igitur ventri cibum subducunt, corpus debilitatum est, et membra sero invidiae suae paenituit. (source)

Membra et Venter