Thursday, December 8, 2011

Round-Up: December 8

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 sextum Idus Decembres.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: Here are some Latin holiday songs for you to enjoy - Gaudium Mundo (a Latin version of Isaac Watts' "Joy to the World" carol), Quae Stella Sole Pulchrior (sometimes rendered in English as "What Star is This, with Beams so Bright?"), and Adeste Fideles (an 18th century Latin hymn best known in English as "O Come, All Ye Faithful").

OWEN'S EPIGRAMS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are Secretum Amoris, Rarus amatur amans: ut amere, inamabilis esto / Omnibus. A nulla vis ut ameris? Ama.; and Palliatus et Togatus, Palliatus: Longius a terra quam nos sunt pallia nostra. / Togatus: Verro toga terram, mens super astra volat. (They each come a vocabulary list!)

CAMERARIUS'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Atris Obscura Tenebris, Heu mortale genus, ceu talpae, lumine captum, / Caelesti donec restituatur ope.; and Modo Vita Supersit, Ut vivat castor sibi testes amputat ipse; / Tu quoque, si qua nocent, abiice: tutus eris. (These have vocabulary too!)

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is SED - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Non sibi, sed mundo, "Not for oneself, but for the world."

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Cholodniak's Carmina Sepulcralia Latina and Harbottle's Dictionary of Quotations .

TODAY'S FABLES & STORIES:

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Memoria et Oblivio , an anecdote about the Greek general and politician, Themistocles.

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Mors et Senex, a "memento mori" type of fable (and the fable comes with a vocabulary list).

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Fortuna et Puer, a story about how people trying to blame "bad luck" for mistakes that are their own fault (this one also has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 141 through Fable 150, including Camelus et Iuppiter, the famous story of the camel who wanted horns.

NEW MILLE FABULAE: The NEW fables with images are Phoebus et Iris, about the proud rainbow, and Amnis et Fons, about the need to be grateful to those who give to you generously.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Fur et Mater Eius, the story of a thief who blamed his mother for his life of crime.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Boy and the Goldfinch, a story about an unhappy bird in a gilded cage.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS:

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Virtute cresco (English: Through virtue I grow).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tussis pro crepitu (English: A cough to cover a fart)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Durum ad nutum alterius ambulare (English: It is a hard thing to walk according to someone else's nod). 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: Ubi peccat aetas maior, male discit minor (English: When the older generation makes mistakes, the younger learns a bad lesson).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Octipedem excitas (English: You're rousing the eight-legged creature - which is not the octopus; the eight-legged creature referred to here is the scorpion; from Adagia 1.1.63).

For an image today, here is that ambitious camel: 143. Camelus et Iuppiter. Camelus, se despiciens, querebatur tauros ire geminis cornibus insignes, se inermem obiectum esse ceteris animalibus; orat Iovem cornua sibi donare. Iuppiter cameli stultitiam ridet; nec modo negat votum, verum et decurtat bestiae auriculas. Quisque sit contentus sua Fortuna; etenim multi, meliorem secuti, peiorem incurrere. (source)

Camelus et Iuppiter - Osius

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