Monday, June 11, 2012

Round-Up: June 11

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE: ante diem tertium Idus Iunias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Excelsior! (English: Higher!).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Quaevis terra patria (English: Any land at all is my country)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sapit qui reputat (English: He is wise who thinks twice). 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: Fulmen est, ubi cum potestate habitat iracundia (English: When anger dwells with power the result is a thunderbolt).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Boni pastoris est, tondere pecus, non deglubere (English: It's the task of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to flay them; from Adagia 3.7.12).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Aper Erymanthius, another of the labors of Hercules.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mus in Cista Natus, the story of a mouse who broadened his horizons (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 961, Puer et Praeceptor , through Fable 970, Calvi Duo et Pecten , including Adolescens Piger, a funny story about why it is so hard to get out of bed in the morning (I can relate!!!).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is Porcupine, Snake and Company, a story about some hospitable snakes and a "prickly" hedgehog.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Asinus et Tempora Anni, the sad story of the donkey and his endless life of toil: Media hieme asinus, frigoris impatiens, ver tepidum tenerasque herbas desiderabat. Vere tamen redeunte, redibant etiam hominum et iumentorum labores. Deinde asinus, laboris impatiens, veris etiam odium suscepit, et multis precibus aestatis adventum orabat. Aestas autem maiores secum labores attulit. Tunc asinus, “O si autumnus rediret,” quotidie exclamabat. Autumni autem labores omnium gravissimi erant: poma in urbem, messes in horrea erant portanda. Itaque hiberna frigora autumni laboribus potiora videbantur. Non enim tempora anni vitam reddunt beatiorem, sed labores libenter suscipere.

Asinus et Herus