Friday, October 7, 2011

Round-Up: October 7

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 Octobres, the Nones of October.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 125 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 125 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Malum quidem nullum sine aliquo bono, "There is, in fact, no bad thing that is without some sort of good quality" (the double negative gets you a positive: every bad thing has at least something good about it!).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Romulus Remum Interficit, the sad story of the death of Remus.

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is FATUM - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt, "The fates lead the one who is willing; they drag the one who is not willing."

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Graculus et Avarus, a story about a jackdaw who understands perfectly the nature of a miser.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Columbae, Aquila, et Accipiter, a story about the hierarchy of power among the birds, and Capones et Coquus, a story about the fate of the fattened roosters.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mors et Matrona, a story about Death and the wife of a dying man... the opposite in every way of the Indian tale of Savitri, if you are know that one!

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Phipson's Animal-Lore of Shakespeare's Time and Warner's Proverbiorum et Sententiarum Persicarum Centuria .

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Species decipit (English: Appearance deceives).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Auctor ego audendi (English: I am the author of my own daring).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Boni pastoris est tondere pecus, non deglubere (English: A good shepherd shears the sheep, he does not flay them).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Oportet mendacem esse memorem (English: A liar must have a good memory).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὀυκ ἀεὶ ποταμὸς ἀξίνας φέρει (English: The river does not always offer up axes - an allusion to the famous fable of Hermes and the axes).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Hylam inclamas (English: You're shouting for Hylas; from Adagia 1.4.72 - in other words, like poor Heracles, you are crying for someone or something in vain).

For an image today, here is the famous painting by Waterhouse that reveals the fate of poor Hylas... You can read the story of Hercules and Hylas here at Wikipedia.

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