Thursday, July 12, 2012

Round-Up: July 12

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. The book is rolling merrily along; now that I have the contents (almost) finalized, I've started adding new posts again at the Disticha Latina blog so that every poem in the book will have a blog post by August. :-)

HODIE: ante diem quartum Idus Iulias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Interdum requiescendum (English: We need to rest once in a while).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Fructus laboris gloria (English: Glory is the fruit of effort)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non formosus erat, sed erat facundus Ulixes (English: Ulysses was not handsome, but he was good with words). 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: Pereundi scire tempus assidue est mori (English: To know the time of your demise is to be dying all the time).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Carpathius leporem (English: The Carpathian and the rabbit; from Adagia 2.1.81 - originally there were no rabbits on the island of Scarpanto, and when someone imported them, they overran the island and ate the crops).


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Apollo et Musae - see how many of the Muses you can name before you look at the story.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Fortuna et Puer, a wonderful story about what happens when Lady Luck gets tired of all the people blaming her for their own foolishness (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Jackdaw and the Sheep, a story about just why the jackdaw chooses to harass the sheep.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Graculus et Pavones, the story of a jackdaw who was not content with his lot in life.

MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Leo Senex et Vulpes, in which the fox knows very well not to go inside the lion's den: Leo, defectus annis, recubabat in spelunca sua et aegrum simulabat. Visitatum regem complures venerunt bestiae, quas protinus devoravit. Accessit etiam vulpes, sed cauta ante speluncam procul stabat, salutans regem. “Cur non intras?” interrogavit leo. Vulpes respondit, “Quod video vestigia intrantium multa, at nulla exeuntium.”

leo et vulpes