Monday, November 14, 2011

Round-Up: November 14

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: ante diem duodevicesimum Kalendas Decembres.

OWEN'S EPIGRAMS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are Auditus and Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Phocion Bonus, which explains how Phocion got his nickname "the Good."

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 176 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 176 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Nec nulli sis amicus, nec omnibus, "Do not be a friend to no one, and do not be a friend to all" (another one of those sayings about the Golden Mean).

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is FINIS - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Scribendi nullus finis, "There is no end of writing."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Cocleae et Puer, a story about snails which provides an allegory for people who cannot recognize disaster even when it has overtaken them.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Agnus in Templo et Lupus, a great story about a lamb who chooses the temple over the wolf.

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 41 through Fable 50, including Vulpes Pacem Annuntians, the story of the fox bringing what is supposedly a message of peace to the rooster and the chickens.

NEW MILLE FABULAE: The NEW fables with images are Fur et Caupo, a hilarious would-be werewolf story, and Medicus Imperitus, a great joke at the expense of bad doctors.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rusticus de Arbore Delapsus, a wise little story about a man who fell out of a tree.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Buchler's Thesaurus Proverbialium Sententiarum Uberrimus and Mair's Proverbs and Family Mottoes.

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Quaerendo invenietis (English: By seeking, you will find).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ne quid nimis (English: Not anything in excess).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Fera quaevis in sua silva superbit (English: Every beast exults in its forest).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nemo potest dominis simul inservire duobus (English: No man can serve two masters at once).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne Hercules quidem adversus duos (English: Not even Hercules fights against two at once; from Adagia 1.5.39).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὸν τὸ ἑαυτὸν γνῶναι, ἀλλὰ μακάριον (English: Self-knowledge is difficult, but blessed).

For an image today, here is a story for climbing trees: 823. Rusticus de Arbore Delapsus. Qui in arborem ascenderat rusticus, de illa delapsus, graviter femur dextrum laesit. Huic alius forte praeteriens se consilium daturum dixit, quo usus numquam de arbore caderet. “Utinam,” inquit ille, “ante casum meum dedisses, sed profuerit tamen etiam in posterum; dic igitur.” Tum ille alter “Cave,” inquit, “ne velocius terram repetas unde ascendisti quam in arborem ipsam evaseris.” Fabula docet saepe cunctationem et moram esse laudabile. (source)

De Arbore Descendens