Friday, July 15, 2011

Round-Up: July 15

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HODIE: Idus Iuliae, the Ides of July!

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: The latest rungs on the Scala are Scala 43 (2101-2150), and Scala 44 (2151-2200) . Here's a wise one: Mors aequabit quos pecunia separavit, "Death will make equal those whom money had distinguished" (distinguished in life, that is!).

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's word is VERUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Quis sibi verum dicere ausus est?, "Who has dared to speak the truth to himself?"

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Aurora, and her unfortunate love for the mortal Tithonus (see below).

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Apicula et Iuppiter, the story of an angry bee and her complaint to Jupiter.

MILLE FABULAE: FABLE OF THE DAY: The fable for today is Rana et Bos, the story of the puffed-up frog.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Colonus et Adiutores Eius , a great story about "manual" labor, and Rusticus Athleta Factus, a funny story about a country bumpkin competing in the Olympics.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Lord's edition of Cicero's de Amicitia and Champlin's Selections from Tacitus.

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Subvenite oppresso (English: Help him who is oppressed).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Vigilia pretium libertatis (English: Watchfulness is the price of liberty).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Sero paras stabulum, taurum iam fure trahente (English: It's too late to ready the stable when the thief is already leading the bull away).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui altam facit domum, quaerit suam ruinam (English: He who builds a high house seeks his own downfall).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Omnia sub unam Myconum (English: Everything buried under Mykonos alone; from Adagia 2.4.47 - This refers to how Heracles buried the defeated Giants by throwing rocks on them and those rocks became the island of Mykonos; since those last Giants were of various shapes and sizes, the proverb refers to a hodge-podge of things being put into one place).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὴν ἅλμην κυκᾷς, πρὶν τοὺς ἰχθύας ἑλεῖν (English: You're preparing the salting brine before you've caught the fish).

For an image today, here is Aurora: Inter Apollinis liberos nonnulli numerant Auroram. Haec Tithonum, Laomedontis filium, habuit in matrimonium eique immortalitatem a Iove impetravit, nec tamen obtinere potuit, ne senesceret. Itaque senio fractus, in cicadam ut mutaretur, exoravit. (source)