Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Round-Up: January 18

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I debated about whether or not to participate in the SOPA/PIPA Blackout today, and decided not to do that because I know some Latin teachers use this blog and I did not want to leave you in the lurch - but for those of you who are not familiar with the SOPA/PIPA legislation and the threat it poses to the open Internet, I would urge you to visit Wikipedia today, during their blackout, to learn more about that. Contact Congress and share your views!

HODIE: ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Februarias.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Leigh's The Comic Latin Grammar and Facetiae Heinrici Bebelii.

MYTHS & LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Dirce and the sons of Antiope; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


OWEN'S DISTICHS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are In Chymicum, Rem decoxit iners chymicus, dum decoquit aurum, / Et bona dilapidat omnia pro lapide.; and Primatus Maritalis, Nocturnum imperium muliebre, virile diurnum est. / Regnat enim noctu Cynthia, Solque diu.. (These come with vocabulary lists.)

ROLLENHAGEN'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Dum Extendar, Dum extendar, duros ictus tot perfero; nomen / ob clarum cur quis ferre recuset idem?; and Concussus Surgo, Concussus surgo: casus me tollit in altum, / Plaudit ut in mediis mens cruce pressa malis.. (These come with vocabulary, too.)

CAMERARIUS'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Ergo Movebor?, Nunquam aquila imbelles cornices celsa fatigat, / Nec generosum animum lingua maligna movet.; and Vim Suscitat Ira, Non temere caecam vir fortis fertur ad iram, / Iusta sed indigne laesus in arma ruit.. (These also have vocabulary lists.) That one shows a rhinoceros, slow to anger, finally roused to the point that he throws a bear with this horn:


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Existimationem retine (English: Keep your good reputation).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In veritate victoria (English: In truth, victory).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Crabrones non sunt irritandi (English: You shouldn't stir up the hornets).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Omnes currunt, sed unus accipit bravium (English: All the racers run, but just one receives the prize).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is In Orci culum incidas (English: May you fall into Orcus's butthole; from Adagia 2.10.68 - as if being in the underworld of Orcus was not bad enough! Erasmus describes it as sermo perniciem et extremum exitium imprecantis, "words spoken by someone cursing another person with ruin and utter disaster" - ha!).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μωρὸς σιωπᾷν οὐ δύναται (English: A fool is unable to keep quiet).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Apollo et Musae, the story of Apollo and his followers, the Muses.

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 301, Oves, Lupus, et Porci , through Fable 310, Agnus, Pastor, et Lanius, including Oves Timidae et Pastor, a funny story about a shepherd who thought he could inspire his sheep to be brave!

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, a wolf whose disguise was good... but not good enough!

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Viatores Duo, the story of a donkey who got away (this one also has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Iuppiter et Olitoris Asinus, the sad story of a hard-working donkey: Asinus olitoris, aegre sustinens laborem quo herus eum premebat, conqueritur de eo apud Iovem; supplicat alium sibi dari. Exaudit Iuppiter; iubet figulo veneat. Mutatur herus, sed non minuitur labor; immo augescit; semper lutum, tegulae, lateres, imbrices, dorso portandae. Iterum ad Iovem; Iuppiter, oratoris importunitate victus, dat coriarium. Statim expertus eum, omnibus quos unquam habuerat longe crudeliorem, apud se lamentans dicebat, “Heu me miserum, ut omnia mihi in deterius cedunt. Nam in eum incidi dominum, qui vivo non parcit, nec mortuo; ipse enim ubi corpus meum flagris exhauserit, in fine excoriabit.”

Asinus Controversus

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