Friday, October 4, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 4

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting (my project from summer of 2012); this is the source for the Brevissima poster item below.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Nonas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Occasionem cognosce (English: Recognize the moment).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Auctor ego audendi (English: I am the author of my own daring).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Dum pastores odia exercent, lupus intrat ovile (English: While the shepherds quarrel, the wolf enters the sheepfold - there's a proverb for the U.S. Congress).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Alius est qui seminat, et alius qui metit (English: It is one who sows, and another who reaps).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Hylam inclamas (English: You're shouting for Hylas; from Adagia 1.4.72 - and you will never get what you are shouting for, just as Heracles never recovered his beloved Hylas, stolen by the nymphs).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὀυκ ἀεὶ ποταμὸς ἀξίνας φέρει (English: The river does not bring forth axes forever - an allusion to the Aesop's fable of Mercury and the axes).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Thais Amore Caret. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo Iratus et Puteus, the story of a lion fooled by his own reflection (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pavo et Grus, a fable about beauty versus talent.

Pavo et Grus

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: ἐθανάτωσεν αὐτὸν καὶ ἀφεῖλεν τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ. interfecit eum, praeciditque caput eius. He slew him and cut off his head.

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 Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights by E. Dixon; 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.