Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Round-Up: October 18

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HODIE: ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Mors Servii, the sad story of the death of Servius Tullius and the evil doings of his daughter Tullia.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is CAMPUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Quot campo flores, tot sunt in amore dolores, "As many as are the flowers in the field, so many are the griefs in love" (the Latin rhymes!).

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is FLEO - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Aut ridenda omnia aut flenda sunt, "You've got to either laugh at everything, or cry."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Sorices, Mures, et Feles, a hilarious story about a cat who would be bishop.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pisciculus et Piscator, the story of a bird in the hand - except that it's a fish.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Naias et Puella, a fable that conveys a message about inner calm, and Pluto et Hercules, a story about Hercules and his scorn for material wealth.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ursus et Apes, a story about a bear whose temper gets him into trouble.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Hoyt & Ward's Cyclopaedia of Practical Quotations and Wood's Dictionary of Quotations.

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Virtute quies (English: By means of virtue, repose - which could be a good motto for the story of the naiad above).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Spes somnium vigilantis (English: Hope is the dream of a waking man)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Corruptissima res publica, plurimae leges (English: The most corrupt state, the most laws). 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: Sero in periclis est consilium quaerere (English: It is too late to seek advice in the midst of dangers).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Midas auriculas asini (English: Midas has the ears of a donkey; from Adagia 1.3.67 - this being a secret the foolish Midas thought he could safely entrust to his barber - ha!). The story of Midas and the golden touch is the more famous story today, but in the ancient world, the story of Midas and his donkey ears was very famous, too. Here is Midas with those ears in the Virgil Solis edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses - you can read the story from Book XI in Tony Kline's English translation online; here's the Latin online.