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Isidore, Etymologies 9.7.29

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item in eligenda uxore quattuor res inpellunt hominem ad amorem: pulchritudo, genus, divitiae, mores. melius tamen si in ea mores quam pulchritudo quaeratur. nunc autem illae quaeruntur, quas aut divitiae aut forma, non quas probitas morum commendat.

Likewise in the selection of a wife, four things move a man to love: her beauty, family, wealth and character. However it is better if character rather than beauty is what one seeks in her. But nowadays those women are sought after who are recommended by their wealth or beauty, not those who are recommended by the probity of their characters.

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October 1, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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Isidore, Etymologies 12.7.24

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psittacus Indiae litoribus gignitur, colore viridi, torque puniceo, grandi lingua et ceteris avibus latiore. unde et articulata verba exprimit, ita ut si eam non videris, hominem loqui putes. ex natura autem salutat dicens ‘have’ vel ‘chaire’. cetera nomina institutione discit.

The parrot comes from the coastal regions of India; it is green in colour, with a purple collar and a strong tongue that is more copious than that of other birds. So it even produces articulate words, in such a way that if you had not seen it you would think it was a human speaking. It is in its nature to greet you, saying ‘Hello!’ or [in Greek] ‘Good health!’. It learns other words by being taught them.

For more on Isidore and a couple of nice images, see here.

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September 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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