Sunday, August 28, 2011

Round-Up: August 28

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.

HODIE: ante diem quintum Kalendas Septembres.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Aristippus, a wonderful story about the value of education.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is DIES - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Roma non fuit una die condita, "Rome was not founded in one day."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is MEDITOR - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Pervigili cura semper meditare futura, "With ever-watchful attention, always ponder the things that are to come" (note that the Latin rhymes! cura-futura).

FABULAE FACILES: The new easy-to-read fable is Mulier Puerpera et Lectus, a simplified version of Phaedrus's famous poem about the woman in labor who refuses to get into the bed.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Puer et Paedagogus , the hilarious story about the teacher who discovers one of his students about to drown in the river.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The latest fables with images are Apicula et Fuci Otiosi, a story about a bee who yearned for the lazy life of a drone, and Muscae et Rusticus, a story about a man being driven crazy by flies.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus et Persona Tragoedi, the story of the wolf who found a mask.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Kendall's Latin Vocabulary of Cognates and Derivatives and Walker's Classical Pronunciation of Greek, Latin and Scripture Proper Names .

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

Tiny Mottoes: Today's tiny motto is: Fide laboro (English: In faith I labor).

3-Word Proverbs Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omne initium difficile (English: Every beginning is difficult)

Audio Latin Proverb: Today's audio Latin proverb is Auream mediocritatem diligo (English: I cherish the golden mean). 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: Necessitas ab homine, quae vult, impetrat (English: What necessity wants from you, she takes).

Animal Proverb from Erasmus: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Congregas cum leonibus vulpes (English: You're trying to herd foxes with lions - which is like our phrase "mixing apples and oranges," except with animals this time; from Adagia 1.9.19).

For an image today, here is Aristippus and this wonderful anecdote about the value of education: Aristippum philosophum rogavit quidam, ut filium suum erudiret. Cum vero ille, pro mercede, petiisset quingentas drachmas, pater, deterritus pretio quod avaro et rudi homini nimium videbatur, dixit, "Tanto pretio emere possum mancipium." Tum philosophus, "Eme," inquit, "et habebis duo." (source)