As part of my new Verbum Sapienti project, I've started a page at the wiki on rhyming Latin proverbs; check that page for more complete information: http://latinviaproverbs.pbwiki.com/Rhyme
Latin is rich in rhyme, especially because of the abundance of "grammatical rhyme" created by polysyllabic word endings, and also the rhymes created by the standard patterns of word formation in Latin, especially the use of polysyllabic… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 28, 2009 at 2:28pm —
As I'm working for the next six months or so on finishing up (more or less!) the Aesop's Fables book, I wanted to start planning out my new book, and what I've decided on is a book of Latin proverbs designed for teaching Latin composition, tentatively titled Verbum Sapienti: Latin Composition Via Proverbs. I hope to publish the book with Lulu.com in the summer of 2010. If you have ideas about how I could best develop such a book, please let me know!
I think proverbs provide great… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 27, 2009 at 2:00pm —
Wow, thanks to the AMAZING efforts of some very dedicated digital lexicographers, all the pages for the letters A and B and C are completely transcribed!
If you'd like to take a look - and, even better, if you'd like to participate - you can find the growing Comeniux Lexicon online here:
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 26, 2009 at 10:42pm —
I learned from a blog post today that William Harris, emeritus professor of the Classics at Middlebury College, passed away this Sunday: In Memoriam: William Harris
. I'm sure that Professor Harris was known to many of you through his absolutely marvelous webpages, which you can find here:
HUMANITIES AND THE LIBERAL… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 25, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Here are the latest additions to the fable crosswords!
Fable 21: DE EQUO ET ASINO.
Fable 22: DE VULPE ET LUPO.
Fable 23: DE LUPO OVIS PELLE INDUTO.
Fable 24: DE VITULA ET… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 24, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Wow, I am so excited to say that Caroline Lawrence IPSA posted a review of the Aesop book at Amazon.com
For those of you who do not know her, Caroline Lawrence is the author of the fabulous Roman Mysteries
book series, which has also become a successful television show. You can read all about her and her great work at this website:… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 24, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Now that I've finished the slideshows for 40 of the 80 fables, I thought I would update the Slideshow widget and share that publicly. You can see the random Slideshow widget at work on the homepage of this Ning
- and here's a link to the Slideshow widget script
if you want to add that to your own blog or Ning or website! :-)
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 22, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Here's another cartoon that is surprisingly like an Aesop's fable, although it is not a well-known fable - it's in Barlow's book, but not included in the fables I included in the book. So, here is the cartoon, along with information about the fable as it is presented in Barlow: Barlow 61. DE CUPIDINE ET MORTE
Mutabant pharetras Mors et Cupido. Mortis sagittae senile pectus penetrant et caeco amoris igni carpuntur… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 21, 2009 at 3:30pm —
I've added crossword puzzles for five more of the fables! :-)
Fable 16: DE CICADA ET FORMICA.
Fable 17: DE AGRICOLA ET CICONIA.
Fable 18: DE ACCIPITRE COLUMBAM INSEQUENTE.
Fable 19:… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 20, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Since the theme of the cat and the mouse is so prevalent in Aesop's fables (for example, De Catto et Muribus),
I thought I would share this fun cartoon:
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 19, 2009 at 3:00pm —
I don't do a lot of traditional academic work anymore (I'm too busy having fun online!), but in response to a request from a very nice Italian scholar whom I met in graduate school at Berkeley, I recently did a review of an Italian edition of the De Mirabilibus sometimes attributed to Aristotle. It was a fun book for me to review because it is full of odd little stories and beliefs about the animals! Anyway, the review is now published at the… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 18, 2009 at 12:30am —
I've been having a LOT of fun doing my Twitter proverbs - you can see the Twitter page for Aesopus
directly, and I've also got a feed of the proverbs coming in automatically to the front page of this Ning, and into the sidebars of my various blogs.
The problem I've been having is forgetting to update regularly during the day... my goal was once an hour, but I've been SO BUSY with my real job (University of Oklahoma online courses), that even… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 17, 2009 at 10:24am —
The book is finally back in stock at Amazon.com, after a really annoying 10-day lapse) - my apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced by the wait, and thanks very much your patience. I'll be keeping a close eye on the Amazon.com listing to make sure it stays good... fingers crossed!!! :-)
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 16, 2009 at 3:05pm —
Even on the weekend it's hard to find time for things that are sheerly fun like making these little videos (it really doesn't take that much time really - but after making the video there's uploading it, creating the photo album to go with it, since I do want people to be look at the still images that happen to get their attention, etc. etc.) - anyway, it takes about an hour total, maybe 20-30 minutes gathering the images for the video, then another 30 minutes of the digital trivia of… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 15, 2009 at 10:25am —
I finally stole a few minutes today to make a new video
- I have so much fun doing this! To make the video, I import the images into iPhoto, and then add the audio recording I have already made as the "music" and iPhoto synchs up the slideshow with the audio. You can also view the images in an image album
separately! Here is the video, and you can find… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 14, 2009 at 12:17pm —
Like clockwork, another discussion about Latin pronunciation has come up on the LatinTeach listserve. My take on the pronunciation question is that everyone should find the answer best for them - and there are many options! What I wanted to contribute here was a note about how, in addition to the many styles of Latin pronunciation, there are also different styles of Latin typography.
For example, in addition to the ecclesiastical style of pronunciation, there is also have a useful… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 13, 2009 at 11:30pm —
And here's another batch of crosswords - have fun! :-)
Fable 11: DE RUSTICO ET ARATRO SUO.
Fable 12: DE PASTORIS PUERO ET AGRICOLIS.
Fable 13: DE LUPIS ET OVIBUS.
Fable 14:… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 12, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 11, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Whoo-hoo: things are looking up at Amazon.com
! The Aesop book is now "out of stock" - and even that notice says just "temporarily out of stock." So that's a big step up: I'm hoping that this means everything will be back to normal at Amazon.com by the end of the week. EUGE!
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 10, 2009 at 8:14pm —
I was hoping when Monday morning started up that the problem with the book listing at Amazon would be fixed, but no such luck. The publisher's error continues, and the book is listed as "out of print," so that there is no way to order the book from Amazon.
Given that it is the publisher's fault, I am reluctant to send people to the publisher's site to buy the book (it just seems to be letting them profit from this really awful mistake on their part), but it is indeed possible to buy… Continue
Added by Laura Gibbs on February 9, 2009 at 9:00am —