Friday, December 2, 2011

Round-Up: December 2

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 quartum Nonas Decembres.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: Here are some Latin holiday songs for you to enjoy - Angeli Canunt Praecones (a Latin version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"), O Abies! (a Latin version of the German "O Tannenbaum"), and Resonet in Laudibus (a popular 14th-century Latin hymn).

OWEN'S EPIGRAMS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are Harmonia, Inter dissimiles voces concordia maior / Quam similes: hominem vir mulierque facit.; and Ovis, Seu caro, seu corium, foetus, fimus, alea, chorda, / Lanave, lacve deest, omnia praestat ovis.. (They each come a vocabulary list!)

CAMERARIUS'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Sine Iniuria, Quae multis prosint, sapiens fert, colligit, auget: / Ut varios flores sedula libat apis.; and Domus Optima, Est sua cuique domus tutissimus usque receptus; / Hanc ceu testudo femina casta colat.. (These have vocabulary too!)

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 189 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 189 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Dies diem docet, "One day teaches another" (the mistakes you made today teach you to do better tomorrow!).

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is MEREO - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Amittit merito proprium qui alienum appetit, "He who seeks what belongs to another rightfully loses his own."

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Gaisford's Joannis Stobaei Florilegium (Volume 4 contains the Latin version by Grotius!) and Stobaeus' Loci Communes Sacri et Profani (this is a 16th-century bilingual Greek-Latin edition).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Regulus, the story of the legendary Roman general.

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Servus Nihil Faciens, a funny little joke about "doing nothing," ha ha (and the fable comes with a vocabulary list).

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Grammaticus, a hilarious story found in Abstemius (this one also has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 111 through Fable 120, including Simius Iudex, Serpens, et Vir, a fable that is very much like the Indian fable of "The Tiger, The Jackal and The Brahmin."

NEW MILLE FABULAE: The NEW fables with images are Simonides Naufragus, a story about a poet who "sings for his supper," and Venditor Simulacri, a story about a statue of Mercury for sale.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cera Lateri Invidens, a fabulous story about an ambitious lump of wax.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Aged Horse, a story about the indignities of old age.


Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Tuebor (English: I will keep protect).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Optima medicina temperantia (English: Moderation is the best medicine)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Elephantem saltare doces (English: You're teaching an elephant to dance). 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: Res quanto est maior, tanto est insidiosior (English: The bigger the business, the bigger the pitfalls).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Quam curat testudo muscam (English: As much as a turtle worries about a fly - which is to say not at all, since the turtle can just disappear inside her shell; from Adagia 2.8.100).

For an image today, here is a mosaic from the Villa Piazza Armeria in Sicily to go with the story of the lazy slave: 955. Servus Nihil Faciens. Vir quidam verberibus castigabat servum maxime ob pigritiam. Hic clamare coepit, “Cur me verberas? Nihil enim feci.” At “Propter id ipsum,” respondit herus, “te verbero, quod nihil fecisti.” (source - easy version)