Thursday, June 21, 2012

Round-Up: June 21

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 undecimum Kalendas Iulias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Nunquam obliviscar (English: I shall never forget).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Fames optimum condimentum (English: Hunger is the best seasoning)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Philosophia vitae magistra (English: Philosophy is the teacher of life). 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: O vita misero longa, felici brevis! (English: O life, so long for the miserable man, so short for the happy man!)

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Mus non ingrediens antrum, cucurbitam ferebat (English: The mouse couldn't get into its hole because it was carrying a pumpkin; from Adagia 3.3.79).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Saturni Aetas Aurea, the story of the Golden Age under the reign of the god Saturn.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Membra et Venter, the famous story of the revolt of the body's members against the greedy stomach (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Blind Doe, the story of the one-eyed doe and the unexpected hunters.

MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Anser et Ova Aurea, the story of the goose that laid the golden eggs.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Tauri, in which the lion "divides and conquers." - In duos tauros leo faciebat impetum, lautas sibi epulas quaerens. Illi, coniunctis viribus, opponunt cornua, medios ne irruere possit leo. Duobus ergo impar leo viribus, dolo agere coepit, sicque est allocutus alterum, “Amicum tuum si prodideris mihi, incolumem hinc ego te dimittam.” Qua usus fraude, facili utrumque necavit negotio.

Leo et Tauri - Osius