Monday, August 22, 2011

Round-Up: August 22

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If this is the first day of school for you (as it is for me), BONAM FORTUNAM!

HODIE: ante diem undecimum Kalendas Septembres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: The latest rung on the Scala is Scala 60 (2951-3000). Here's a new item: Diversi diversa putant, "Different people think differently." Since this brought us to #3000, I've put an alphabetical list of the proverbs 1-3000 along with a vocabulary list as well.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Asinus in Leonis Pelle, the famous Aesop's fable of the donkey in the lion's skin.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is HABEO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Omnia tempus habent, omnia tempus habet, "All things have their time; time has all things."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is CORAM - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Luceat lux vestra coram hominibus, "Let your light shine before the people."

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mus, Feles, et Gallus, a funny medieval fable about how appearances can be deceiving.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Struthiocamelus Perfidus, a funny story about the ostrich fooling both the beasts and the birds.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Ostreae et Naufragi, a good story for any one of you who think it might be nice to be able to eat all the oysters you want, and Rana et Hydrus, a story about a watersnake and a self-righteous frog.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupi et Pastores, a story about the fate of the sheep when the wolves and shepherds made a truce.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Ahn's Latin Vocabulary for Beginners and The Promptorium Parvulorum of Galfridus Anglicus.

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Ditat virtus (English: Excellence bestows wealth).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Vestigia nulla retrorsum (English: No steps leading back out - an allusion to the famous fable of the lion in the cave)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Celerius quam asparagi coquuntur (English: More quickly than asparagus is cooked). 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: O tacitum tormentum animi conscientia! (English: O conscience, the silent torment of the soul!).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Cyprio bovi merenda (English: A meal fit for a Cyprian bull - which is not a very nice meal at all, since Cyprian bulls supposedly fed on manure; from Adagia 1.10.96).

For an image today, here is the story of the shepherds and the wolves: Lupi et Pastores. Cum Philippus rex Macedoniae cum Atheniensibus foedus initurus esset, ea conditione ut oratores suos ipsi traderent, Demosthenes populo narravit fabulam qua iis callidum regis consilium ante oculos poneret. Dixit enim lupos quondam cum pastoribus pactos esse se numquam in posterum greges esse impugnaturos, si canes ipsis dederentur; placuisse stultis pastoribus conditionem sed, cum lupi caulas excubiis nudatas vidissent, eos impetu facto omnem gregem dilaniasse. (source)

lupi et pastor et oves