Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Round-Up: April 5

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 Twittering again now at Aesopus and AesopusEnglish.

HODIE: Nonae Apriles, the Nones of April (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is ARMA - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Arma non servant modum, "Weapons know no limit" (it's the arms race, in Latin!).

BESTIARIA PROVERBS: There are some new animal proverbs today for ANGUIS, the snake, and RANA, the frog. Here's a nice one: Linque coax ranis, cras corvis, vanaque vanis, "Leave croaking to the frogs, cawing to the crows, and foolishness to the fools" (find out more about this verse at Wikipedia).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Mors Numae, the accomplishments of Numa in life and his death.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, a funny little story about the fox who fell in a well and asked a wolf for help.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Sus per Venerem Iurans et Canis, a story about the enmity between the pig and the goddess Aphrodite. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Demades Orator et Fabella, the story Demades tells about Ceres, a swallow and an eel, and Apes et Vipera, in which the bees and the viper make very different use of the same meadow.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Allen's Latin Selections and McClintock's Second Book in Latin.

TODAY'S MOTTOES & PROVERBS: Widgets available at Schoolhouse Widgets.

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Nolens, volens (English: Willy-nilly).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Audacter et aperte (English: Boldly and openly).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Cochlea consiliis, in factis esto volucris (English: Be a snail in your planning and swift as a bird in your deeds).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dignus es, qui in tenebris mices (English: He's a trustworthy man, the kind you can play "Rock-Paper-Scissors" with in the dark).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Evitata Charybdi in Scyllam incidi (English: Having avoided Charybdis, I've fallen into Scylla; from Adagia 1.5.4).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐκ τῶν ὀνύχων τὸν λέοντα (English: From the claws [you know] the lion).

For an image today, here is the story of the fox in the well and the wolf: 64. Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus. Vulpes, cum in puteum fortuito incidisset, lupum in ripa praetereuntem vidit rogavitque ut funem sibi compararet opemque daret ad se ipsam a tanto periculo extrahendam. Cui lupus, “Miserrima vulpes, condoleo tuum infortunium. Dic, precor, quomodo in hunc puteum incidisti?” Respondebat vulpes, “Non opus est ambagibus. Quin tu funem comparato, et deinde omnia tibi in ordine expediam.” (source - easy version)

Vulpes in Puteo et Lupus