Saturday, September 17, 2011

Round-Up: September 17

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. There are notices also at Twitter - look for Aesopus and AesopusEnglish.

HODIE: ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Octobres.

SCALA SAPIENTIAE: Today you can find sayings that go up to Diederich frequency ranking 57 - so the proverbs contain nothing but words found among the 57 most commonly used words in Latin. Here is one of the items in today's list: Non possunt primi esse omnes omni in tempore, "We cannot all be first all the time."

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Virgines Sabinae, the story of the rape of the Sabine women.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is DOMUS - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Domus divisa contra se non stabit, "A house divided against itself will not stand."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is VERBUM - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Non opus est verbis; credite rebus, "There is no need of words; put your trust in the things."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Olores et Anseres, the story about the fat geese and their friends, the swans.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pater, Filius, et Asinus, the hilarious story of the father and his son with their donkey as they try to make their way to the market.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Avarus Moriens et Amici Eius, the somber thoughts of a miser on his deathbed, and Divitiae Regis, a medieval version of the fabled "sword of Damocles."

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mus, Catus, et Gallus, a story about how appearances can be deceiving.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Sandys: History of Classical Scholarship - Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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

Tiny Proverbs: Today's tiny proverb is: Deus avertat (English: May God turn it aside - compare the English phrase "God forbid!").

3-Word Mottoes Verb-less: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nunquam non paratus (English: Never unprepared).

Latin Animal Proverb: Today's animal proverb is In cavea non canit luscinia (English: In a cage, the nightingale does not sing).

Proverbs of Polydorus: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cum sancto sanctus eris, cum perverso perverteris (English: With the holy man you will be holy; with the wicked man you will be wicked).

Proper Name Proverb from Erasmus: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Iovem lapidem iurare (English: To swear by the stone of Jupiter; from Adagia 2.6.33 - this was an especially solemn oath, to be sworn only in matters of great seriousness).

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἐγὼ δὲ καὶ σὺ ταυτὸν ἕλκομεν ζυγόν (English: You and I are dragging the same yoke).

For an image today, here is the story of the Sabine women: Romulus, aegritudinem animi dissimulans, ludos parat; indici deinde finitimis spectaculum iubet. Multi convenere, studio videndae novae urbis; maxime Sabini cum liberis et coniugibus. Ubi spectaculi tempus venit, eique deditae mentes cum oculis erant, tum, dato signo, virgines raptae sunt; quae fuit statim causa bellorum. (source)