Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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 Twittering again now at Aesopus and AesopusEnglish.

HODIE: Kalendae Iuniae:, the Kalends of June (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is PONO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Pone gulae metas; erit tibi longa aetas, "Put limits on your greedy eating; you will have a long life" (notice that the Latin rhymes, too!).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Puer Otiosus, the story of the lazy boy who finally learned to work.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Simia et Piscatores, the story of a monkey who decided to go fishing.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Hirundo et Corvus, a beauty contest between the two birds. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Ensis et Vomer, a debate about the relative values of the sword and plough, and Iuncus et Canis, a funny little story about the dog and his personal hygiene.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Marchant & Spencer's Latin Course, Part III and Stephenson's Livy Book 27.

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Si vitam inspicias hominum, si denique mores: / Cum culpant alios, nemo sine crimine vivit. (from Cato's distichs) and Conserva potius, quae sunt iam parta, labore; / Cum labor in damno est, crescit mortalis egestas. (also from Cato).

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Spes infracta (English: My hope is unbroken).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Sua cuique vitia (English: Each person has their own vices)

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: Lapsus ubi semel sis, sit tua culpa, si iterum cecideris (English: After you've slipped once, it's your fault if you fall again).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Volentem bovem ducito (English: Lead the ox when it is willing; from Adagia 4.1.27).

For an image today, here is that monkey who went fishing: 123. Simia et Piscatores. Simia, procera quadam in arbore sedens, cum piscatores ad flumen quoddam retia ferentes vidisset, sedulo quae ab iis gerebantur observabat. Ipsi itaque cum retia iecissent ac paulum ut cibum sumerent recessissent, simia, confestim ex arbore descendens, eos imitari conabatur (aiunt enim hoc animal imitandi studio quam maxime teneri). Retibus vero vix tactis, comprehensa simia iamiam demergebatur. Quamobrem ad se conversa, “Digna quidem patior,” inquit, “quid enim piscandi ignara, piscari volui?” (source - easy version)