Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Round-Up: June 1

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. I'm posting at Twitter again now, too! :-)

HODIE: Kalendae Iuniae, the Calends of June. You can add a Roman calendar as a widget in your blog or webpage, or display it as a Google Calendar: here's how.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is CRUX - read a brief essay about the word at my new Verbosum blog. Plus, I did today's vocabulary challenge, with these words: equus - res - discipulus - iste - animal. Try to put those words into a sentence yourself... and then see what I came up with. I've also added some writing strategy posts to the blog, too.

MORE FABLES: Here are today's fables from the Ictibus Felicibus project. These fables ALL have long marks, plus stress marks for easy reading, and the poems have meter marks, too, along with an easy-to-read prose presentation of the story:
  • Asinus Ludens, the story of a donkey who tried to imitate a monkey.
  • Prometheus et Homines, the story of a mix-up in the making of people and animals.
  • Hyaena et Vulpes, the fox explains how confusing it is that the hyena changes gender every year - as hyenas were supposed to do, according to the ancient Greeks.
  • Aves et Noctua, in which the birds reject the owl's wise advice.
  • Camelus, Elephas et Simia, the camel and the elephant campaign to be king of the animals.
I've picked out my favorite one, the story of mankind's creation, Prometheus et Homines, to share with you here in the blog:
Promētheus Iovis imperiō pārēns, hominēs et brūta finxit. Iuppiter vērō cum brūta multō plūra illīs esse vidēret, eī praecēpit, ut brūta nonnulla dēstruēns, inde aliōs hominēs efformāret. Hinc dum ille mandātum exsequitur, accidit, ut nonnullī formā quidem essent humānā, mente vērō et animō prorsus ferīnō.
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: You can get access to ALL the "proverb of the day scripts" (also available as random proverb scripts) at the SchoolhouseWidgets.com website.

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Unitate fortior (English: Stronger through union).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Virtutis radix amor (English: Love is the root of virtue)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Palma non sine pulvere (English: No palm without dust.). 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: Lucrum sine damno alterius fieri non potest (English: There can be no profit but at someone else's loss - a "zero-sum" saying, as it were).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Asinus asino et sus sui pulcher (English: One donkey thinks another is lovely, as one pig does another; from Adagia 4.10.64).

Today's image is an illustration for the fable of the dancing donkey, Asinus Ludens:

Aesop's Fables in Latin now available at Amazon.com.