Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 13

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): Idus Novembres, the Ides of November.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Incepta persequor (English: I pursue what I have begun).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnium artifex sapientia (English: Wisdom is the maker of all things)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Suum cuique pulchrum est (English: To each person his own is beautiful). 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: Feras, non culpes, quod mutari non potest (English: You should endure, not blame, what cannot be changed).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Capra nondum peperit, haedus autem ludit in tectis (English: The goat hasn't given birth yet, but the kid is already playing on the rooftops; from Adagia 2.6.10 - it's like counting your chickens before they're hatched, but with baby goats instead!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Amicus Inimicus. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Tubicen Captus, the story of a non-combatant in a time of war (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pavo et Iuno, the famous story of the peacock's complaint to Juno.

Pavo et Iuno

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: ἐγώ εἰμι ἰησοῦς ὃν σὺ διώκεις. Ego sum Jesus, quem tu persequeris. I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

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 The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang; 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.