Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Round-Up: October 12

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HODIE: ante diem quartum Idus Octobres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 136 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 136 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Nulli malum pro malo, "Return evil for evil to no one."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Tulli Mors, the legendary death of King Tullus Hostilius, struck by lightning.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is FRATER - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Qui diligit fratrem, placat Deo patrem, "He who loves his brother pleases God the father" (in Latin, it rhymes!).

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is MANUS - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Melior est avis in manu quam decem in aere, "Better is a bird in the hand than ten in the air."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Pulex, Homo, et Hercules, a funny little story about Hercules and a foolish follower.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hercules et Rusticus, another story of Hercules and his lazy human worshiper.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Iuppiter et Piscis Alatus, the sad story of the ill-fated flying fish, and Iuppiter et Vulpes, the story of Jupiter's failed attempt to make the fox into the ruler of all the animals.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Sterquilinium et Poma, the story of some self-satisfied manure.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Franz's Animalium historia sacra and Ulbricht's De animalium nominibus Aesopeis.

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Defendendo vinco (English: By defending, I am victorious).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dubium sapientiae initium (English: Doubt is the beginning of wisdom)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Post nubila Phoebus (English: After clouds, the sun). 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: Fortunam citius reperias quam retineas (English: You can find fortune faster than you can keep it).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Lupo agnum eripere postulant (English: They're hoping to snatch the lamb from the wolf; from Adagia 2.7.80, taken from Plautus).

For an image today, here is the story of the proud manure: 739. Sterquilinium et Poma. Forte sublatum cum pomis sterquilinium subita aquarum eluvione fluitabat in eo loco ubi dudum iacuerat. Tum se illud et in aquis vehi et ferri cum pomis praeclarum existimans, “Quam scite nos,” inquit, “poma natamus.” Sed paulo post, umiditate dissolutum, in aquis evanuit. (source)

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