Sunday, May 20, 2012

Round-Up: May 20

Here is a round-up of today's fables and proverbs - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm using Google+ a lot these days - highly recommended as a thought-provoking place to hang out online!

HODIE: ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Domus optima (English: Home is best).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Labore et scientia (English: With hard work and knowledge).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ulula cum lupis, cum quibus esse cupis (English: Howl with the wolves if you want to be one of them).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sufficit sua diei malitia (English: Sufficient unto the day are its own troubles).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Stentore clamosior (English: Louder than Stentor; from Adagia 2.3.37 - which is how we get the English word "stentorean," but with a lower-case s, which means people don't remember Stentor any more, who was a Greek herald during the Trojan war).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μηδὲ μέλι, μηδὲ μελίσσας (English: Neither the honey, nor the bees).

TODAY'S FABLES and STORIES:

ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Cornelia, Gracchorum Mater, the famous story of Cornelia and her "jewels."

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Quercus et Iuppiter, the story of the oak trees who were their own worst enemies (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pastor et Lupus Familiaris, the story of a shepherd who foolishly entrusted his sheep to a wolf's care.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Hungry Dogs, the story of some dogs undone by their own greed.

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 841, Pastor et Canis Molossus , through Fable 850, Piscator Aquam Verberans, including Vetula Lac ad Forum Portans, the famous story of counting chickens before they are hatched: Vetula, dum in urceo ad forum lac portaret, coepit cogitare quomodo posset fieri dives. Attendens autem quod de suo lacte tres obolos habere posset, coepit cogitare quod emeret pullum gallinae et nutriret, ex cuius ovis multos pullos acquireret; quibus venditis, emeret porcum; quo nutrito et impinguato, venderet illum ut inde emeret pullum equinum, et tam diu nutriret ipsum quod aptus esset ad equitandum, et coepit intra se dicere, “Equitabo equum illum, et ducam ad pascua et dicam, ei, io, io.” Cum autem haec cogitaret, coepit movere pedes et, quasi calcaria in pedibus haberet, coepit talos movere et prae gaudio manibus plaudere; ita quod motu pedum et plausu manuum urceum fregit et, lacte in terra effuso, in manibus suis nihil invenit.

Mulier Lac Portans

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