Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Round-Up: October 5

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE: ante diem tertium Nonas Octobres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 121 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 121 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Post mortem nihil est, ipsaque mors nihil, "After death there is nothing, and death itself is nothing."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Mars et Vestalis Virgo, the story of Mars and Rhea Silvia, the mother of Romulus and Remus.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is LONGUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Longa est vita, si plena est, "Life is long, if it is a full life."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is NISI - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Perdes maiora, minora nisi servaveris, "You will lose the very big things if you cannot keep the very little things."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Asinus Res Sacras Portans, a great little story about a self-important donkey.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Bos Fimum Evehens, the hilarious story of the ox who is indignant about his own manure.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Anser, Ciconia, et Accipiter, a fable about false friendship, and Delphini et Balaenae, a fable about a little fish trying to make peace among the big sea creatures.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Gallus et Ancillae, a wonderful story about unintended consequences.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Trench's lectures on Proverbs and Their Lessons and Willis & Walker's Phraseologia Anglo-Latina.

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Splendeo tritus (English: Worn down, I still shine - although we ladies would need to change the gender: Splendeo trita).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus optimus iudex (English: Time is the best judge - compare the English saying "Time will tell.")

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Asinus asinum fricat (English: One donkey scratches another). 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: Vincere est honestum, opprimere acerbum, pulchrum ignoscere (English: It is admirable to defeat your enemy, harsh to crush him, and a fine thing to forgive).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus (English: The mountains give birth; a ridiculous mouse will be born; from Adagia 1.9.14 - alluding to the Aesop's fable made famous by Horace).

For an image today, let's do the fable of the mountains and the mouse! 214. Mus et Montes. Rumor erat parturire montes. Homines undique accurrunt et circumstant, monstri quidpiam non sine pavore exspectantes. Montes tandem parturiunt; exit ridiculus mus. Tum omnes risu emoriebantur. Reprehendit haec fabula iactantiam illorum qui cum magna profitentur, vix parva faciunt. Vetat etiam inanes timores; plerumque etenim periculi metus est ipso periculo gravior et ridiculum est quod tantum formidamus. (source)

Mons Parturiens (2)