Friday, June 3, 2011

Round-Up: June 3

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: ante diem tertium Nonas Iunias (and yes, you can have your own Roman Google Calendar).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is SIVE / SEU - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Neque Iuppiter ipse - sive pluat seu non - unicuique placet, "Not even Jupiter himself - whether he rains or doesn't - can please everybody" (a nice reminder of the fact that Jupiter stood for the "weather" in Latin, in addition to being the father of gods and men!).

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Themistocles de Viro Bono, a wonderful little witticism about wealth and character.

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Minerva et Olea, a fable about which Minerva prefers the olive tree above all other trees.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Venator et Eques, a fable about a hunter who lost his prize to a bold horseman. (You can also a free PDF copy of the Mille Fabulae et Una book.)

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Lyra et Homo, a story about a bad musician who blames his lyre for his poor playing, and Libellus et Iudex, a fable about book-burning.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Greenough's edition of Terence's Phormio and Stephenson's Selected Epigrams of Martial .

DISTICHA: Today's little poems are Linque metum leti; nam stultum est tempore in omni,/ Dum mortem metuis, amittere gaudia vitae. (from Cato's distichs) and Cum moritur dives, concurrunt undique cives, / Cum moritur pauper, sequitur vix unus et alter. (from Wegeler).

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Cui bono? (English: For whose benefit? - the key question to ask in solving any crime... or analyzing any political decision!).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Deus pastor meus (English: God is my shepherd).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Mus rapitur subito, qui solo vivit in antro (English: A mouse is quickly caught if he lives in a single mousehole).

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 - a proverb that resonates nicely with today's anecdote about Themistocles, supra).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Multitudo imperatorum Cariam perdidit (English: An abundance of generals lost Caria; from Adagia 2.7.7 - something like "too many cooks spoil the soup," but with the great city of Caria in place of the soup).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ὄφις εἰ μὴ φάγοι ὄφιν, δράκων οὐ γενήσεται (English: Unless the snake eats a snake, it won't become a dragon).

For an image today, here is an illustration for the story of the gods and their trees, including Minerva and her olive tree: 792. Minerva et Olea. Divi olim legebant sibi quisque arborem. Quercum sibi legit Iuppiter; myrtus Veneri placuit; laurus Phoebo; Herculi populus. Minerva, rem admirata, “Cur,” inquit, “steriles arbores in tutelam sumitis?” Causam Iuppiter dixit, “Scilicet indignum deo est tutelam suam fructu vendere.” “Mihi quidem,” respondit Minerva, “olea gratior est propter fructum.” Tum Pater deorum atque hominum “O nata,” inquit, “merito sapiens esse diceris. Stulta enim est gloria, nisi id, quo gloriamur, utile est.” (source - easy version)

Arbores Deorum