Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 7

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Now that summer is almost over, I'm busy getting ready for my classes, but I'll try to keep the Bestiaria going on its usual every-other-day schedule. Things should settle down in September!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum Idus Augustas.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Auream mediocritatem diligo (English: I cherish the golden mean).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Deliberando discitur sapientia (English: By pondering, wisdom is learned).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Qui nimis accelerant, obstacula talibus obstant (English: Those who hurry too quickly are the sort who run into obstacles).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Usque ad mortem certa pro iustitia (Sirach 4:28). 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: Satius est recurrere, quam currere male: Better it is to runne backe againe, than to runne forth amisse. Many be eyther so shamefast, or els so stricte in theyr own opinion, that they had lever runne forth still in errour and out of the way, than to apply them selves to better and more holsome counsailes .

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Deo Dante. 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 Ollae Duae, the story of the mismatched friendship between two pots (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mus et Leonis Gratia, a story about being careful what you ask for.

leo et mus

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει. Elephas murem non mordet. An elephant doesn't bite a mouse.

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 Saints and Friendly Beasts by Abbie Farwell Brown; you can see the table of contents here - the book is a collection of stories about saints who were famous for their association with animals. 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.