Sunday, December 18, 2011

Round-Up: December 18

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: Here are some Latin holiday songs for you to enjoy - Orientis Reges Tres (a Latin version of the English carol "We Three Kings of Orient Are"), Nascitur cum Christus (a Latin version of the Polish carol, Gdy się Chrystus rodzi), and Heu! quid jaces stabulo (a 15th-century Latin hymn).

Myths & Legends: The art image for today's legend shows The Seven Against Thebes; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.

OWEN'S EPIGRAMS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are Musica, Optima Musarum est; reliquis idcirco negatum / Artibus, a Musis musica nomen habet.; and Echo et Speculum, Nil in se, praeter vocem, vitale habet echo. / Ut vivat, speculum non nisi voce caret.. (They each come a vocabulary list!)

CAMERARIUS'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Tempore et Loco , Nosse modum tempusque doces, crocodile magister, / Et ventura diu tempora prospicere.; and Nullo Docente Magistro, Utilis attrahitur plantis, at noxius humor / Spernitur; anne homines in sua damna ruent?. (These have vocabulary too!)

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is IPSE - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Piger ipse sibi obstat., "The lazy person gets in his own way."

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Ellis' Fables of Avianus and White's Selections from Ovid's Fasti and Epistles .

TODAY'S FABLES & STORIES:

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Hydra Lernae, another of the labors of Hercules.

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Haedus et Lupus Fores Pulsans, the story of a wise young goat (this one also has a vocabulary list).

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mus in Cervisia, the story of the mouse who fell into some beer.

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 181 through Fable 190, including Herinacei et Viperae, the story of some nice vipers and not-very-nice hedgehogs.

NEW MILLE FABULAE: The NEW fables with images are Vidua et Asinus Viridis, a hilarious story about a green donkey, and Vidua et Arator, a story where a farmer finds out what he really needs in his life.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Nux Secundum Viam Sata, a story about how hard it is to be a nut tree.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Eagle and the Snail, the snail doesn't get to the top faster than the eagle, but he does get there!

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS:

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Per mille ardua (English: Through a thousand challenges).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Pullus de nido avolat (English: The chick flies away from the nest).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lerna malorum (English: It's a Lerna of troubles - and for an example of the troubles in Lerna, see the story of the Hydra of Lerna above).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Sero sapiunt Phryges (English: The Phrygians get wise too late; from Adagia 1.1.28 - the Phrygians here are the Trojans, who should have figured out what was going on before they let that Wooden Horse into the city!).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἡ κάμηλος ἐπιθυμήσασα κεράτων, καὶ τὰ ὦτα προσαπώλεσεν (English: The camel, asking for horns, lost her ears as well - an allusion to a delightful Aesop's fable).

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Hylam vocas (English: You're shouting for Hylas). Hylas, the lover of Heracles, was abducted by nymphs - poor Heracles called and called, but there was no answer, because the nymphs took him! To find out more about Hylas, the lover of Heracles, see this Wikpedia article; for information about the image: image source.

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