Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 2

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 sextum Nonas Octobres.

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.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Splendeo tritus (English: Worn down, I still shine).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus optimus iudex (English: Time is the best judge)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Asinus asinum fricat (English: One donkey scratches another). 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: In nullum avarus bonus est, in se pessimus (English: A miser treats no man well, and himself worst of all).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus (English: The mountains give birth; a ridiculous mouse will be born; from Adagia 1.9.14 - an allusion to a famous Aesop's fable).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Galla Semper Fallit. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Corvus et Vulpes Adulatrix, the famous story of the fox, the crow, and the cheese.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Piscatores, a story of monkey-see monkey-do (this fable has a vocabulary list).

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: Ἀεὶ γὰρ εὖ πίπτουσιν οἱ Διὸς κύβοι. Semper Iovis feliciter tali cadunt. Zeus is always lucky at dice.

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 Folk-Tales of the Khasis by K. U. Rafy; 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.