Monday, July 22, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 22

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 (Roman Calendar): ante diem undecimum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Nil nimium (English: Nothing in excess).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Ipsa scientia potestas (English: Knowledge itself is power)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb, or faux-proverb perhaps, is Via ovicipitum dura est (English: The way of the eggheads is hard). 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: Invitum cum retineas, exire incites (English: When you hold someone back against his will, you might as well drive him away).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Sus Minervam docet (English: A pig is teaching Minerva; from Adagia 1.1.40 - and it is a foolish thing, of course, for a creature such as a pig to instruct the goddess of wisdom herself!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Deus Omnia Videt. 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:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Olitor et Canis, the story of an ungrateful dog.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Catuli Eius, the story of a mother's love (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Simia et Iuppiter - Osius

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: λαβὼν τὸν ἄρτον εὐλόγησεν. Accepit panem, et benedixit. He took bread, and blessed it.

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 A Book of Ghosts, yet another book by Sabine Baring-Gould (see the two previous posts for more of his books). 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.