Friday, June 1, 2012

Round-Up: June 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm using Google+ a lot these days - highly recommended as a thought-provoking place to hang out online!

HODIE: Kalendae Iuniae, the Kalends of June!

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Venus Tries to Detain Adonis ; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Carpe diem (English: Seize the day).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pax, copia, sapientia (English: Peace, abundance, and wisdom).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Vae miseris ovibus, iudex lupus est (English: Alas for the wretched sheep: the judge is a wolf).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Noctuas Athenas (English: He's carrying owls to Athens - which is something like carrying coals to Newcastle).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Bellerophontes litteras adfert (English: He's carrying the letters of Bellerophon; from Adagia 2.6.82 - Bellerophon, of course, was carrying a command for his own execution!).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἔνεστι κἂν μύρμηκι χολή (English: Even the ant has its bile, i.e. has a temper!).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Memoria et Oblivio, an anecdote about Themistocles and Simonides.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Sol, a story about the frogs and climate change (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 911, Fur et Mater Eius, through Fable 921, Viator et Lapides, including Sceleratus et Daemon, a story about a wicked man who tries even the devil's patience.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Woman and the Hen, a very fat hen, in fact!.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Philosophus et Cucurbita, a wonderful parable about the perfection of the natural world: Sunt qui vel mundi opificem sapientissimum reprehendere audeant. Cum quidam cucurbitam grandiorem tenui in caule humi iacentem videret, “Hem!” inquit; “non in caule tenui, sed in alta quercu ego eam suspendissem.” Abiit deinde, et sub quercu aliqua obdormiscebat. Qui cum dormiret, ventus glandes innumeras a quercu decutiebat, quarum aliqua nasum hominis vehementius tetigit. Expergefactus ille, cum sanguinem e naso profluentem cerneret, “Quid,” inquit, “si haec cucurbita fuisset, vix equidem viverem amplius? Deum profecto sentio sapientissime atque optime mundum disposuisse.”

Philosophus et Cucurbita


Andrea Weis said...

You mentioned using google hang outs, and I've been (slowly) building in my google circles. I created a student circle and about half my students joined it, without any prodding. Every week I added a comment, question, link that was related to something we were working on in class and there was a great response. Since I teach middle school students I want to consider laying the groundwork for using a social tool as an educational platform as well.

How are you using hangouts? What do you think are the basic ideas to give to 11-14 year olds that will help them become participants in discussions in higher levels?

Et, ut semper, gratias tibi ago!

Laura Gibbs said...

Hi Andrea, that is so exciting to hear! In my online classes, everything is asynchronous (scheduling is usually the main reason my students are choosing to take an online class, and I don't want to set up a situation where anybody feels excluded because they cannot attend a certain event) - but two Latin teachers I know at Google+ are looking at ways to use hangouts with their students; let me go find you there at Google+ and put you in touch with them - super!