Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Round-Up: September 21

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HODIE: ante diem undecimum Kalendas Octobres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 81 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 81 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Omnes terra sumus, "We all are earth."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Lupa et Pastor, the story of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is BELLUM - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Habet et bellum suas leges, "Even war has its own laws."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is DOMINUS - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Dominus dedit, Dominus abstulit, "The Lord has given; the Lord has taken away."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Formica Alata, the story of the foolish ant who wanted to fly.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Anguis et Milvus, the story of a greedy kite and an angry snake.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Zoilus, a witty indictment of the archetypal critic, Zoilus, and Avarus et Leo Aureus, the sad plight of the greedy man and the lion of gold.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Tauri, a fable about the strategy of "divide and conquer."

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Liburnius' Divini Platonis Gnomologia and Caussin's De Symbolica AEgyptiorum Aapientia .

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Meliora speranda (English: Better things are to be hoped for).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nulla salus bello (English: There is no safety in war)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Mus satur insipidam diiudicat esse farinam (English: The mouse, when full, considers the flour insipid). 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: Incertus animus dimidium est sapientiae (English: A mind that doubts is halfway to wisdom).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Multi qui boves stimulent, pauci aratores (English: Many are those who drive the oxen, but few are the real ploughmen; from Adagia 1.7.9).

For an image today, here is that greedy kite: 621. Anguis et Milvus. Milvus raptum anguem, in altum volans, ferebat. At ille, repente conversus ipsumque morsu feriens, illico interfecit. Quapropter anguis morienti milvo aiebat, “Quid tam stultus fuisti ut eos laedere ac ad mortem rapere velles, qui nullam tibi iniuriam intulere? En ut merito eadem refers quae mihi facere parabas.” (source - easy version)

Corvus et Serpens