Sunday, November 17, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 17

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 Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin, it's available (my project from summer of 2010); this is the source for the Latin fable below.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Dum spiro, spero (English: While I breathe, I hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Spes dabit auxilium (English: Hope will give help).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Communis sors est, quod cunctis debita mors est (English: It is our common lot that death is an obligation to all).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sol non occidat super iracundiam vestram (Eph. 4:26). 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: Non omnes qui habent citharam, sunt citharoedi: Al that have harpes be no harpers. Outwarde signes manie times deceive men. All that have the gospell hanging at theyr gyrdels, be no gospelers. For againe al that dispraise the leude fascions of the Papistes, be not forthwith Heretiques. Wee ought not to iudge accordinge to the outwarde apperaunce of thinges.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Castor et Venator, the famous story of the beaver's extreme strategy for self-preservation (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mures, Feles, et Tintinnabulum, the story of belling the cat.

mures et feles

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: χαῖρε, ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν ἰουδαίων· καὶ ἐδίδοσαν αὐτῶ ῥαπίσματα. Ave, rex Judaeorum: et dabant ei alapas. Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him with their hands.

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 Fairy Mythology by Thomas Keightley; 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.