Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Round-Up: June 2

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: ante diem quartum Nonas Iunias. 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 VOLO - read a brief essay about the word at my new Verbosum blog. Plus, I did today's vocabulary challenge, with these words: crux - bellum - meus - qui - quoque. Try to put those words into a sentence yourself... and then see what I came up with.

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:
I've picked out my favorite one, the sad story of the halcyon, Alcedo, to share with you here in the blog:
Alcēdo avis est sōlitūdinis amāns, semperque in marī dēgere solet. Hanc vulgō ferunt, ut vēnātōrēs effugiat, in maritimīs scopulīs nīdificare. Illa igitur aliquando paritūra prō mōre nīdum fēcit. Cum autem ad cibum quaerendum ēgressa esset, contigit, ut maris undae magnō ventōrum impetū excitātae, sūprā nīdum attollerentur, eōque summersō, pullī perīrent. Quod ut ipsa reversa vīdit, Heu mē miseram, inquit, quae terram vītāns, utpote īnsidiīs plēnam, ad mare confūgī, quod nunc infīdum magis experior.
TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: You can get access to ALL the "proverb of the day scripts" (also available as random proverb scripts) at the website.

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Cui bono? (English: For whose benefit? - probably the most famous double-dative construction of all time).

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

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

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Plus valet bonum nomen, quam divitiae multae (English: A good name is worth more than many riches).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Bellerophontes litteras adfert (English: He's carrying the letter of Bellerophon - these being the letter that contains the orders for your own death; from Adagia 2.6.82).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Θάρσει, τὸ δίκαιον ἰσχύει μέγα (English: Be brave; that which is right is very mighty).

For an image today, here is the god Mercury, to go with the story of Mercury and the cartload of lies, Mercurius et Mendacia: