Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Round-Up: November 23

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 nonum Kalendas Decembres.

OWEN'S EPIGRAMS: The two new Owen epigrams, with Harvey's English versions, are De Somno and De Ortu et Occasu. (They each come with vocabulary lists!)

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Damon et Pythias, that famous story of friendship and honor.

VERBUM WIDGET: The word from the daily widget is ACCIPIO - which also has a brief essay at the Verbosum blog. Here's one of the sayings you can find in that essay: Petite, et accepietis, "Ask, and you will receive."

FABULAE FACILES: The NEW easy-to-read fable is Lupi et Rusticus, a story you will want to read if you have wolves, real or metaphorical, following you.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mures Duo, the famous story of the country mouse and the city mouse.

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 71 through Fable 80, including Lupus Parvulus et Pastor, the story of a shepherd who recklessly raised a wolf cub, thinking to profit by it.

NEW MILLE FABULAE: The NEW fables with images are Nauta Agriculturam Exercens, the story of a sailor who thought he could use sails for plowing, and Agricola Invidus et Vulpes, a story of a fox with its tail on fire.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Senex et Vulpes, the famous story of the fox looking at the tracks leading into, but not out of, the lion's cave.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is Hercules and Plutus, a story of Hercules and his scorn for the god of wealth.

GOOGLE BOOKS: Today's Google Books are Davies' Fables of Babrius and Desbillons' Fabulae Aesopiae.

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

3-Word Mottoes: Today's 3-word motto is Sub umbra quiescam (English: I will rest in the shade).

3-Word Proverbs: Today's 3-word proverb is Spes dabit auxilium (English: Hope will give help).

Rhyming Proverbs: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Plus valet in dextra munus quam plurima extra (English: One gift in the right hand is worth more than many which are not at hand).

Vulgate Verse: Today's verse is Veritas magna et fortior prae omnibus (I Esdras 4:35). 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 Taverner: Ignavi vertitur color: The Cowarde chaungeth colours. Where as the wise man and hardy feareth nothing at all of such thinges as the common sort of men dredeth, he feareth not death, but in an honest and iust quarel is most ready constantly to hazarde his life, and all that he hath.

For an image today, here are Damon and Pythius: Damon et Pythias tam fidelem inter se amicitiam iunxerant ut, cum alterum ex his Dionysius Syracusanus interficere vellet atque is tempus impetravisset, quo res suas ordinaret, alter vadem se pro reditu eius tyranno dare non dubitarit. Omnes igitur et in primis Dionysius novae atque ancipitis rei exitum speculabantur. Appropinquante deinde die, nec illo redeunte, omnes stultitiae tam temerarium sponsorem damnabant. At is, nihil se de amici constantia metuere praedicabat. Eodem autem momento et hora a Dionysio constituta, alter supervenit. Admiratus amborum animum, tyrannus supplicium fidei remisit insuperque eos rogavit ut se tertium in societatem amicitiae reciperent. (source)