Sunday, July 29, 2012

Round-Up: July 29

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I had a snag with the book; I did something wrong with the layout of the front matter of the book, so I had to get a second test printing from Lulu - I'm not quite sure if I will make my August 1 target for getting the distich book out, but I will come close! The actual body of the book looked really good, so I'm optimistic that this next print will be ready for prime time. When I'm sure, I'll put the PDF up here for everyone to download.

HODIE: ante diem quartum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nocumentum documentum (English: An injury is a lesson).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Paulatim, sed firmiter (English: Slowly but surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Scit multa vulpes, magnum echinus unicum (English: The fox knows many things; the hedgehog knows one big thing).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Argento obediunt omnia (English: All things obey the coin).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Pasetis semiobolus (English: The half-penny of Pases; from Adagia 2.7.31 - Pases was a famous magician who would pay for his purchases and would then use a conjuring trick so that the coins ended up back in his own pocket).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Καρκῖνος ὀρθα βαδίζειν οὐ μεμάθηκεν (English: The crab hasn't managed to learn to walk straight).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Pluto, the story of the god of the underworld.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Tigris et Venatores, the sad story of how the hunters trick the tiger moms and steal their cubs (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Two Bald Pates, the ironic story of the bald men and the comb.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mures et Catus Mortem Simulans, the story of a cat who tried to trick the mice.

MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, the wonderful story of the fox who needed the wolf to help her get out of a well: Delapsa et Lupus. Vulpes, cum in puteum fortuito incidisset, lupum in ripa praetereuntem vidit rogavitque ut funem sibi compararet opemque daret ad se ipsam a tanto periculo extrahendam. Cui lupus, “Miserrima vulpes, condoleo tuum infortunium. Dic, precor, quomodo in hunc puteum incidisti?” Respondebat vulpes, “Non opus est ambagibus. Quin tu funem comparato, et deinde omnia tibi in ordine expediam.”

Vulpes in Puteo et Lupus