Sunday, September 11, 2011

Round-Up: September 11

Welcome to a new item in the round-up! Since I don't have time to keep adding to the Scala during the school year, I am revisiting those sayings and proverbs in order by Diederich Frequency Ranking, starting with the most common words. So, as you will see below, today I've got a list of proverbs that go up to item #24 on Diederich's frequency list. I hope this will be a good way for me to keep the Scala alive until next summer when I have some time to really devote to that!

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus Septembres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 24 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 24 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Non omnia possumus omnes, "We can't all do everything."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Euripides, which tells about Euripides' rebuke to his would-be critics!

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is TEMPUS - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Tempus omnia sanat, "Time heals all things" (compare the English proverb, "Time heals all wounds").

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Castor et Venator, the bizarre natural history legend about the beaver's extreme strategy for self-preservation.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Culex et Taurus, the story of the little gnat who challenged the bit bull to a fight.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Latrunculorum Ludus, the parable of the chess game, and Sirpiculi et Ranae, an environmental fable about some frogs and the bulrushes in which they reside.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Iuppiter et Bubulcus, the funny little story about the cowherd who lost a calf and then regretted asking Jupiter to help him find it.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Staveren's Auctores Mythographi Latini and Wright's Selection of Latin Stories .

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Iracundiam rege (English: Control your anger).

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Cito, tuto, iucunde (English: Swiftly, safely, and happily).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is Noli numerare pullos antequam nascuntur (English: Don't count your chickens before they are born).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Fuimus Troes (English: We once were Trojans, those sad words from Vergil's Aeneid 2).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Charetis pollicitationes (English: The promises of Chares; from Adagia 2.6.84 - Chares was an Athenian general notorious for being quick to make promises and failing to live up to them).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά (English: Those things which are worthy are difficult).

For an image today, here is the story of that hunted beaver, 191. Castor et Venator. Castor est animal in paludibus sese nutriens, cuius testiculi variis medelis utiles esse dicuntur. Itaque cum quispiam eum sequitur, venationis causam non ignorans, fugit ad speluncam ubi, ab hominum conspectu canumque odoratu securus, testes dentibus exscindit et venatoribus appropinquantibus relinquit, et hoc pacto se securum praestat. Sapiens, ut a periculis se eripiat, nihil intentatum relinquit. (source - easy version):

Castor  (1531)