Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Round-Up: September 7

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm using Google+ a lot these days - are there any of you I should look for there?

HODIE: ante diem septimum Idus Septembres.

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Mausolus, the story of the first mausoleum.

VERBUM HODIERNUM: Today's NEW word is HOMO - read a brief essay about the word at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in the essay: Hominum mentes variae, "Various are the minds of men."

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is ALIUS - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Fac aliis sicut tibi, "Do to others as to yourself."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Aranea et Hirundo, the story of an overly ambitious spider.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Avarus et Aureorum Sacculus, the conversation between a dying miser and his sack of money.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The NEW fables with images are Platanus et Xerxes, the story of how King Xerxes fell in love with a tree, and Olea et Ficus, the story of the olive tree who foolishly mocked the fig tree, only to find out her mistake when winter came.

MILLE FABULAE: ILLUSTRATIONS: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mare et Agricola, the story of the farmer who accused the sea of cruelty, and how the sea defended herself against his charges.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Oesterley's Dolopathos and Bogart's Latin Vocabulary for Caesar's Gallic War.

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Sidus adsit amicum (English: May [my] lucky star attend me).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Cito arescit lacrima (English: A tear dries quickly).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Valde frequens haustus non est, mihi credite, faustus (English: Drinking way too much, believe me, is not good luck).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Et catelli edunt de micis quae cadunt de mensa dominorum suorum (Matt. 15:27). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

Elizabethan Proverb Commentary: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Mulgere hircos: Spoken proverbiallye of a thinge very absurde and contrarye to reason.

For an image today, here is the story of that foolish spider! 662. Aranea et Hirundo. Aranea in hirundinem excandescens quae muscas qui suus est cibus capiebat, retia in foribus per quas volitare solebat ut hirundinem caperet suspenderat. Hirundo vero, advolans, retia cum textrice per aera portabat. Tunc aranea, in aere pendens et se iamiam perituram intellegens, “Quam iuste haec patior,” dicebat, “quae, minima volatilia magno labore vix capiens, credidi tam magnas aves posse comprehendere.” (source - easy version)

Aranea et Hirundo