Monday, July 16, 2012

Round-Up: July 16

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I had a very productive weekend, finalizing the contents of the book. Actual page layout starts on Monday, just as planned. So far, so good! Meanwhile, I'm adding lots of new posts over at the Disticha Latina blog, aligning that with the contents of the book.

HODIE: ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Augustas.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Virtus omnia vincit (English: Excellence overcomes all things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sapit qui laborat (English: The man who works hard gains understanding).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Luxuriat vitis, nisi falce putare velitis (English: The vine grows out of control unless you are willing to prune it with the sickle).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas (Ecc. 1:2). 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: Faber compedes quas fecit ipse gestet: The fetters that the smith hath made, let him were them him selfe. The Proverbe whiche commonly we use in english, for this purpose is this: such ale as he hath brued let him drinke him self. Verely manie there be, which make a rod for theyr owne arse.


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Templa Dianae , including the famous temple at Ephesus.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ursa et Vulpes, a story about a fox and a hypocritical bear (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Lion in Love, the sad story of the lion who fell in love with a woman.

MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Vulpecula et Tintinnabulum, the story of the fox who was fooled by the sound of a bell.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vultur Convivium Faciens, the story of the vulture's fatal birthday party: Vultur, volens laute prandere et ventrem suum delicatis cibis infarcire, invitavit aviculas ad convivium, natalem suum, ut dicebat, celebraturus. Haec fama exiit inter eas et hoc aucupio incautas fefellit. Veniunt igitur undique, existimantes invenire mensas omnis generis deliciarum refertas, non de suo paraturas. Sed ubi, adventatis ac coactis omnibus, fores occlusae sunt et vultur rapere et mactare et occidere coepit, “O insanas nos et vecordes,” inquiunt, “quae vulturi, inimico nostro, fidimus, et apud eum putantes reperire escas, ipsae eius escae factae sumus.”

vultur et aves