Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 10

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I've started building a catalog of free Amazon Kindle books on mythology and folklore topics to share with my students next year; you can see one of those items at the bottom of the blog post. I'll be sharing a free Kindle eBook link in each blog post from now on.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Idus Iulias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Interdum requiescendum (English: We need to rest once in a while).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Fructus laboris gloria (English: Glory is the fruit of effort)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non formosus erat, sed erat facundus Ulixes (English: Ulysses was not handsome, but he was good with 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: Qui sibimet vivit, aliis est emortuus (English: He who lives just for himself is dead to others).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Carpathius leporem (English: The Carpathian and the rabbit; from Adagia 2.1.81 - there were originally no rabbits on the island of Scarpanto, and when someone imported them, they overran the island and ate the crops, hence the proverb).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vincula Mortis. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cornix et Urna, the famous story of the thirsty crow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Hirundo et Aviculae, the story of a wise swallow and some foolish birds.

hirundo et aviculae

Greek Bible Art - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my Greek Bible Art graphics; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: χαῖρε, ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν ἰουδαίων· καὶ ἐδίδοσαν αὐτῶ ῥαπίσματα. Ave, rex Judaeorum: et dabant ei alapas. Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him with their hands.

Myth and Folklore Books. I'm accumulating some book recommendations for the classes I teach and wanted to share them here. Today's book is Helen of Troy by Andrew Lang. This is a free Amazon Kindle eBook, and you don't need a Kindle to read it - you can read Kindle books on any computer or mobile device, or you can use the Amazon Cloud Reader in your browser.