Monday, October 1, 2012

Round-Up: October 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm almost making good progress on my latest project - you can see the growing collection of Latin-vocabulary-via-proverbs at the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

HODIE: Kalendae Octobres, the Kalends of October.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Esto semper fidelis (English: Be always faithful).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Litterae scriptae manent (English: Written letters last).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Esto laborator et erit Deus auxiliator (English: You be the worker, and God will your helper).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Ubi non est scientia animae, non est bonum (Proverbs 19:2). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Munerum animus optimus: The minde of giftes is best, that is to say. In the giftes or presentes of friendes the price or value of the thing that is sente is not to be considered, but the minde rather of the sender, as that renowned King Xerxes received thankfully of an uplandish man and handfull of water. And Christ also preferred the widowes two farthinges, afore all the riche mens offerings.

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Divitiis Utamur ut Oportet: Divitiis utare tuis, tamquam moriturus; / Tamquam victurus, parcito divitiis.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Piscatores, the story of the monkey who wanted to go fishing (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Oves et Lupi, about what happened when the sheep foolishly made a peace treaty with the wolves.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Fox and The Crow, the famous story of the fox flattering the crow, and taking the cheese as her prize.

Also, via Sharon James at UNC Chapel Hill, I'm sharing this great video which is just one of several from the NEH Summer Institute on Roman Comedy in Performance. Thanks so much to Sharon and all the performances for sharing their work - you can see more, with scenes both in Latin and in English, over at their YouTube channel. Euge! 

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