Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 27

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 quintum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Mediocria firma (English: The middle things are reliable).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Alteri, si tibi (English: For another as if for yourself).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Simia quicquid agit, simia semper erit (English: Whatever a monkey does, a monkey she'll always be).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dissipa gentes, quae bella volunt (English: Scatter the nations who want wars).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Aurum habet Tolossanum (English: He has the gold of Toulouse; from Adagia 1.10.98 - The Roman Cepio took the city of Toulouse and its treasure, but the story goes that anyone who touched the gold later died a terrible death).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐλπίδες ἐν ζωοῖσιν, ἀνέλπιστοι δὲ θανόντες (English: There is hope among the living; the dead are without hope).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canes Duo et Os, the wonderful story of two dogs fighting over a bone (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Amatorius et Silvanus - this story of the "lion in love" is one of my favorite fables of all time!

Leo Amatorius

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: Αἲξ δοῦσα τὴν μάχαιραν. Capra gladium praebens. The goat is proffering the knife.

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 Prometheus Bound and the Seven Against Thebes translated by T.A. Buckley; 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.