Monday, September 5, 2011

Round-Up: September 5

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. There are notices also at Twitter - look for Aesopus and AesopusEnglish.

HODIE: Nonae Septembres, the Nones of September.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Alexander et Apelles, a story about Alexander, Apelles - and a discerning horse!

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is SUUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Alterius ne sit, qui suus esse potest, "No one should belong to someone else when he can be his own person."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is DEUS - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Dei gratia sumus quod sumus, "By the grace of God, we are what we are."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Galerita Laqueo Capta, the story of a lark who did not seek riches, but who lost her life nevertheless.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ursus et Apes, the story of a bear with a very bad temper.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Malus Exspoliata, a story about the dangers of popularity, and Ficus et Aves, a story about the rising and falling fortunes of a fig tree.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Feles et Venus , the wonderful story of what happened when Venus tried turning a cat into a woman.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Hoare's English Words Derived from Latin Roots and Greenough's Vocabulary to Virgil.

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Vivis sperandum (English: The living must have hope).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Vi vel suavitate (English: By force, or by sweetness).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Sunt asini multi solum bino pede fulti (English: There are many donkeys, except that they stand on two legs).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Satius est subire semel quam cavere semper (English: It's better to suffer something once than to always be on guard).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cannacae more plorare (English: To weep like Cannacas; from Adagia 2.8.19 - Cannacas was a legendary king of Phrygia who anticipated that a great flood would destroy his country and people, so he went to the temple and wept, begging the gods to avert the flood).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὴν παρεοῖσαν ἄμελγε· τὶ τὸν φεύγοντα διώκεις; (English: Milk what is present; why do you pursue something that runs away?).

For an image today, here is the story of that angry bear: 133. Ursus et Apes. Ursus, ab ape ictus, tanta ira incensus est ut alvaria unguibus discerperet. Tunc autem apes universae ursum aggressae sunt aculeis et paene necaverunt. Cum vix effugisset, secum “Sane,” inquit, “melius erat unius apis tolerare aculeum quam tot in me hostes excitare iracundia mea.” (source - easy version)

Ursus et Apes