Friday, August 10, 2012

Round-Up: August 10

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - 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 quartum Idus Augustas.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Deucalion and Pyrrha; 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: Impelle obstantia (English: Push obstacles aside).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Labor ipse voluptas (English: Work itself is a pleasure).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Oportet vulpinari cum vulpibus (English: You've got to play the fox with the foxes).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui seminat ventum, turbinem metet (English: He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Bocchyris iudicium (English: The judgment of Bocchyris; from Adagia - 2.7.65 - the story goes that a man had a sexual dream about a prostitute, and the prostitute demanded he pay her for dream services; King Bocchyris of Egypt ruled that the money be put into a basin and shaken around so that the prostitute could enjoy the look of the coin and thus be satisfied appropriately).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Δρυὸς πεσούσης, πᾶς ἀνὴρ ξυλεύεται (English: When the oak tree has fallen, any man can gather wood).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Dulcis Amice, Tene!: Qui dare vult aliis non debet dicere: Vultis? / Sed dicat plene: Dulcis amice, tene!

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ceres et Rusticus, a wonderful story about the goddess Demeter and a reckless farmer (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Crow and the Pitcher, the famous story of the crow who ingeniously raised the water level of a pitcher in order to take a drink.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Coclea et Iuppiter, the story of the how the snail got her shell.

Iuppiter et Coclea

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