Thursday, February 23, 2012

Round-Up: February 23

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 octavum Kalendas Martias.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Binder's Flores Aenigmatum Latinorum and Textor's Sylloge.

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

TODAY'S DISTICHS & EMBLEMS: All the distichs come with vocabulary lists!

RHYMING DISTICHS: The two new Rhyming Distichs are Quod tibi vis fieri, Quod tibi vis fieri, mihi fac: quod non tibi, noli; / Sic potes in terris vivere iure poli.; and O homo, si scires, O homo, si scires, quidnam esses, unde venires, / Nunquam gauderes, sed in omni tempore fleres..

CATO'S DISTICHS: The two new Cato Distichs are Nec te conlaudes, Nec te conlaudes, nec te culpaveris ipse; / Hoc faciunt stulti, quos gloria vexat inanis.; and Litis praeteritae, Litis praeteritae noli maledicta referre: / Post inimicitias iram meminisse malorum est.

OWEN'S DISTICHS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are Optativus Modus, Infinitivo prope par modus optativus: / Optandi finem nam sibi nemo facit; and Quod Differtur Non Aufertur, Differt non aufert mortem longissima vita; / Quid differt igitur cras hodieve mori?.

ROLLENHAGEN'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Musica, Serva Dei, Musica, serva Dei, nobis haec otia fecit: / Illa potest homines, illa movere Deum; and Ingenii Largitor Venter, Me docet ingenii venter largitor et artis, / Calculus impositus quod bene trudat aquam.

CAMERARIUS'S EMBLEMS: The two new emblems are Armis Non Omnia Cedunt, Piscibus ipse aliis formidabilis hostis, / Mox hostis misere me necat exiguus; and Non Captu Facilis, Nubibus, ecce, Iovis volat altior omnibus ales; / Tu quoque ad alta animum, si sapis, astra leva.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nil time (English: Fear nothing).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post nubes lux (English: After clouds, the light).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Qui fuit rana, nunc est rex (English: He who was a frog is now a king).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Diligite iustitiam, qui iudicatis terram (English: Cherish justice, you who rule the land).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Alia Lacon, alia asinus illius portat (English: Lacon is carrying one thing, but his donkey is carrying something else; from Adagia 2.2.86 - trying to avoid taxes, Lacon hid his honey underneath some barley, but the donkey slipped and fell, revealing the hidden honey).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐν παισὶ μὴν γέρων, ἐν δὲ γέρουσι παῖς (English: An old man amidst the boys, a boy amidst the old men).


FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Satyrus et Viator, the story of the satyr who rescued a traveller lost in the snow (this one also has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 481, Mergus et Stellae, through Fable 490, Passer in Myrto Degens, including Hirundo et Iuvenis, the story of the boy who did not know the proverb about how one swallow does not a summer make!

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Formica et Columba, a story about two little creatures who help one another.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner, a very thought-provoking fable about war and warmongers.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Sophocles, a wonderful anecdote about old age: Sophocles ad summam senectutem tragoedias fecit. Cum propterea rem familiarem negligere videretur, a filiis in iudicium vocatus est, ut iudices illum, quasi disipientem, a re familiari removerent. Tum senex dicitur eam fabulam quam proxime scripserat, Oedipum Coloneum, recitasse iudicibus et quaesivisse num illud carmen desipientis esse videretur. Carmine recitato, a iudicio absolutus est.


Grindstone said...

Laura, I'm trying to sort out the Roman calendar. Your "Hodie" for Feb 23 matches the Google calendar with "ante diem octavum Kalendas Martias: Caristia". But my copy of Cassell's New Latin Dictionary (Simpson, 1968, 5th ed) has a table showing Feb 22 as "a.d. VIII K. Mart.", Feb 23 as "a.d. VII K. Mart.", both Feb 24 & Feb 25 as "a.d. VI Kalendas Mart." with the note "bisextus". Is there a reason for the Roman calendar in Google doing what it does? Editorial choice? Any references discussing this? I have read some older works discussing this problem with reference to setting Christian feast days. I was planning to create a Roman calendar but did a search and found and your blog. Your help is appreciated. Peter

Laura Gibbs said...

It's because of Leap Year this year - you count backwards from the Kalendae Martiae - so, if you want to do a calendar that is going to have a February 29, as we did this year, it means the days are one day off as you count backwards from the first of March. :-)

Grindstone said...
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Grindstone said...

Thanks for the reply. As I understand it, in a Leap Year an extra day was inserted between what in our calendar is Feb 23 and 24. Feb 23, the day of the Terminalia, was "a.d. VII K. Mart."; Feb 24 was "a.d. VI Kalendas Mart." The intercalated day (in our calendar, Feb 25) was also called "a.d. VI Kalendas Mart.", or "a.d. VI bis K. Mart.", hence "annus bisextus", the year of two sixths. The Google adaptation does not show this "bis" day. My sources are Simpson's calendar table in Cassell's New Latin Dictionary, pp. xvi-xvii and the article "Calendars", part 7, p. 193 in Oxford Classical Dictionary, (1970, 2nd ed). See also

Laura Gibbs said...

I am doing this for students and I thought it would make far more sense to just take OUR day, February 29, and show how it would be counted in the the Roman manner. When you do your leap year, you can certainly take the ancient Roman approach! My goal is really just to get students used to Roman inclusive counting which is illustrated so nicely by the calendar.

Laura Gibbs said...

P.S. If you put your calendar online, let me know - it would be fun to show both methods when the next leap year comes!