Sunday, July 28, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 28

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 quintum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Perseverantia vincit (English: It pays to persevere).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Post acerba prudentior (English: After bitter experiences, more wise)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Bos currum trahit, non bovem currus (English: The ox pulls the cart, not the cart the ox). 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: Quod fugere credas, saepe solet occurrere (English: You often run into something you thought you were fleeing).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Delphinum cauda ligas (English: You're trying to tie a dolphin by the tail; from Adagia 1.4.93 - this is another of the many proverbial fool's errands, like trying to hold an eel by the tail, which is the item Erasmus includes directly after this one).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Dies Iudicii. 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 Mures et Catus Mortem Simulans, the story of a very sly cat and even more sly mouse.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Tigris et Venatores, the sad story of the mama tiger (this fable has a vocabulary list).

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: ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν ἄνθρωπον κατ᾽ εἰκόνα θεοῦ. Creavit Deus hominem ad imaginem suam. God created man in his own image.

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 Aesop's Fables translated by V.S. Vernon Jones; you can see the table of contents here. 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.