Monday, June 7, 2010

Round-Up: June 7

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.

HODIE: ante diem septimum Idus 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 TRANSMITTO - read a brief essay about the word at my new Verbosum blog. Plus, I did today's vocabulary challenge, with these words: aliquis - publicus - saepe - bonus - super. 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 warning words of the wolf, Pastor et Lupus Parvulus, to share with you here in the blog:
Pastor Lupum parvulum cum invēnisset, eum penes sē ēnūtrīvit, ac ubī adolēvit, pecudēs ex vīcīnīs armentīs rapere docuit. Quod lupus cum ēgregie didicisset, Cave, ōlim Pastōrī ait, nē mē rapiendī artem postquam docueris, multās ex tuīs gregibus ovēs dēsīderēs.
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.

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Nil desperandum est (English: No cause is ever hopeless - although that Latin gerundive is far more elegant than the English!).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Sero sapiunt Phryges (English: The Trojans get wise too late - which is to say, they only realized the danger they were in after they let the wooden horse inside their walls).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Multa senex plangit, quando mors instat et angit (English: The old man bewails many things when death stands by and tightens its grip).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Omni negotio tempus est et oportunitas (Ecc. 8:6). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Mendacem memorem esse oportet: A lyer ought not to be forgetful. It is very harde for him that lyeth alwayes to agree in one tale, onles he hath a righte good memorie, for as much as the remembraunce of thinges feyned, is farre more hard than the memorie of true thinges. By reason whereof for the most parte the devisours forgers of lyes are by this meanes taken while forgetting what they speake afore, they speake thinges contrarie and repugnaunte to their former tale.

Today's Poem: Today's poem is from Cato's Distichs, with a word list at
Cum te aliquis laudat, iudex tuus esse memento;
Plus aliis de te quam tu tibi credere noli.
English: "When someone praises you, remember to be your own judge; do not trust more in what others say about than than in what you can be sure of yourself." What an elegant way to warn people not to get caught up in flattery; instead: nosce teipsum! :-)

For an image today, here is a Greek postage stamp commemorating the Argo, a legendary ship worthy of the legend of Aesop in the shipyard, Aesopus in Navali: