Thursday, July 26, 2012

Round-Up: July 26

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 septimum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Mediocriter (English: In moderation - that is, according to the "Golden Mean" or Aurea Mediocritas - the connotations are positive in Latin, unlike English "mediocrity").

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Post acerba prudentior (English: After bitter experiences, more wise).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is E verbis fatuos, ex aure tenemus asellum (English: We hold a donkey by the ear; we hold fools by their words). 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: Quod fugere credas, saepe solet occurrere (English: You often run into something you thought you were fleeing).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Athos celat latera Lemniae bovis (English: Mount Athos hides the flanks of the great bull of Lemnos; from Adagia 3.2.90 - This refers to a fabled bronze statue of a bull on the island of Lemnos; even though it was enormous, it could be covered up by a shadow cast by Mount Athos, a full forty miles away - the proverb thus emphasizes how ranks of greatness are all relative).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Neptunus, the god of the sea (this fable has a vocabulary list).

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mures Duo, the famous story of the city mouse and the country mouse (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Sow and the Wolf, the story of a mother pig who wisely refused the wolf's offer to babysit.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Sol et Ventus, a story about how warmth wins out over bluster.

MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Vulpes et Catus, in which the fox is trapped on the ground while the cat ends up safely in the tree: Contrahebant inter se amicitias catus et vulpes, cui vulpes astutiarum suarum grandem recensebat numerum. Catus replicuit, “Ast ego uno tantum consilio et, quod Natura ad meipsum praeservandum suggessit, contentus sum.” Inter haec, odoram canum vim appropinquantium audiunt. Catus confestim altissimos arboris scandebat ramos et secure despectans sedebat. Vulpes autem et hic et illic trepide currebat et, nulla aufugiendi spe relicta, nulla uspiam latebra inventa, a canibus apprehensa laceratur.

vulpes et feles