Friday, June 15, 2012

Round-Up: June 15

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: ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Iulias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Cavendo tutus (English: Safe by being cautious).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Humani nihil alienum (English: Nothing of mankind is alien to me)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Libri muti magistri sunt (English: Books are mute teachers). 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: Numquam periclum sine periclo vincitur (English: A danger is never defeated without danger).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Elephantum ex musca facis (English: You're making an elephant out of a fly; from Adagia 1.9.69 - something like a mountain out of a molehill).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Aves Stymphalicae, the story of how Hercules defeated the man-eating birds who lived near Lake Stymphalia in Arcadia.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hircus Equitans, the story of a goat who wanted to ride a donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mercurius et Viator, the story of a man who didn't want to share even with the god Mercury.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Ass and The Lap Dog, the story of the donkey who was jealous of his master's pet.

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 981, Avarus et Fur , through Fable 990, Dives et Thesaurus Eius , including Divitiae Regis, the famous story of King Dionysius, Damocles, and the sword: Rex erat dives et potens valde, quem cum quidam miraretur et felicem diceret, rex sapiens illum sedere fecit in loco valde eminenti, super cathedram quae minabatur ruinam, magnumque ignem subtus cathedram accendi fecit et gladium cum filo tenui super caput sedentis suspendi. Cumque fecisset apponi copiosa et delicata cibaria, dixit ei ut comederet. At ille, “Quomodo comedere possem, cum in summo periculo sim constitutus et semper timeam ruinam?” Cui rex ait, “Et ego in maiori periculo sum constitutus, in cathedra ruinosa residens, timens gladium divinae sententiae et ignem gehennae. Quare ergo tu dixisti me felicem?”