Sunday, October 16, 2011

Round-Up: October 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Novembres (yesterday was the Ides of October, so we are not starting the countdown till November!).

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 146 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 146 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno, "One for all, all for one!"

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Dianae Templum, the story of Servius Tullius and the building of the Temple of Diana in Rome.

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Ranae et Sol, a story about global warming!

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Lupus et Pastor, Compatres, Odo of Cheriton's hilarious story about the man who entrusted his sheep to the wolf when he went on vacation.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Venus et Ancilla, the story of Venus and the unwelcome worship of an ugly slave, and Prometheus et Epimetheus, the different creations of Prometheus and his brother, Epimetheus.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Aquila et Testudo, the story of the turtle who insisted on going flying with eagle.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Bohn's Handbook of Proverbs and Liber proverbiorum Salomonis (the Biblical book of Proverbs rendered in Latin elegiac couplets!).

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Memento semper finis (English: Always keep the goal in mind).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Omnia casu fiunt (English: All things happen by chance).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Quamvis sint modica, prosunt tamen omnia lucra (English: Even though they may be small, all profits are profitable).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Omnis qui facit peccatum, servus est peccati (John 8:34). 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: Sui cuique mores fingunt fortunam: A mans owne maners doe shape him his fortune. Men commonlie when anie adversitie chaunce, accuse, or when they see other men to prospere well in theyr matters, they say it is theyr fortune. So they ley all together upon fortune, thinking there is such a thing called fortune that ruleth all. But surely they are highlie deceived. It is their owne maners, their own qualities, touches, condicions, and procedinges that shape them this fortune, that is to say, that cause them, eyther to be sette forwarde or backeward, either to prospere or not to prospere.

For an image today, here is that foolish airborne turtle! 407. Aquila et Testudo. Testudo aquilam magnopere orabat, ut volare sese doceret. “Rem petis,” inquit aquila, “naturae tuae contrariam, nam quomodo poteris volare, cum alas non habeas?” Testudo autem nihilominus aquilam obsecrabat ut se volucrem facere vellet. Itaque eam ungulis arreptam aquila sustulit in sublime ibique demisit, ut per aera ferretur sed, cum in rupes decidisset, comminuta interiit. (source)

Aquila et Testudo

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