Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables 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. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Augustas (yes, the countdown to the Kalends of August has begun, which is when I have to go back to work!)

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.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Vivat veritas (English: Long live truth).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Silentium stultorum virtus (English: Silence is the virtue of fools)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Ex bellis bella seruntur (English: From wars wars are sown). 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: Furor fit laesa saepius patientia (English: Patience wounded once too often becomes rage).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Semper graculus adsidet graculo (English: One jackdaw always sits next to another - i.e. "birds of a feather flock together" as we would say in English; from Adagia 1.2.23).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Mors Non Timenda. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ursa et Vulpes, a story in which the fox exposes the bear's hypocrisy (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vultur Convivium Faciens, the story of the vulture's deadly birthday party.

vultur et aves

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: Ἀφροδίτηι ὗν τέθυκεν. Veneri suem mactavit. He's sacrificed a pig to Aphrodite (a very foolish thing to do, since Aphrodite loathes pig, especially since a wild boar killed her beloved Adonis).

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 Bulfinch's Mythology (single-volume edition). 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.