Monday, August 20, 2012

Round-Up: August 20

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for those of you who are starting school today, as I am, here's a good motto for the year: STUDETE SAPIENTIAE.

I've also started my academic year project, getting ready for next summer. You may remember my vocabulary-driven proverb project from a couple years ago. Now, thanks to the Latin vocabulary resources provided by Christopher Francese and the Dickinson College Commentaries, I am ready to revive that project, using the 1000-word Latin Core Vocabulary List. You can see the beginnings of that new project at my Latin Via Proverbs blog; I hope to be able to keep working on that, at least in fits and starts, even during the school year.

HODIE: ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Septembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Flight of Aeneas; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Ditat virtus (English: Virtue bestows wealth).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Vestigia nulla retrorsum (English: No steps leading back out - an allusion to the famous Aesop's fable about the fox and the lion in the cave)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non scholae sed vitae discimus (English: We learn, not for school, but for life). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Animo imperabit sapiens, stultus serviet (English: The wise man will rule his thoughts; the fool will be their slave).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Bos adversus se ipsum pulverem movet (English: The ox stirs up the dust in its own face; from Adagia 2.5.78).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Opera: Qui bene fecerunt, illi sua facta sequentur; / Qui male fecerunt, facta sequentur eos.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Scarabaeus et Stercus, a funny story about a dung-beetle and how there's no place like home (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Fox and the Tragic Mask, a story about beauty, not brains.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Vulpes Territa, a story about how familiarity overcomes fear.

Vulpes et Leo (De Familiaritate)