Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 30

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting, as is Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin. If you prefer the heft of a book in your hand, you can get the books in printed form from Lulu.com.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nocumentum documentum (English: An injury is a lesson).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Paulatim, sed firmiter (English: Slowly but surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Fictae crocodilli lacrimulae (English: False are the tears of the crocodile).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum (English: While we have time, let us do good).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Pasetis semiobolus (English: The half-penny of Pases; from Adagia 2.7.31 - Pases was a famous magician who would pay for his purchases and would then use a conjuring trick so that the coins ended up back in his own pocket).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Καιρὸς ψυχὴ πράγματος (English: The critical moment is the soul of a deed).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vivere Mundo Mors Est. 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:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus, Umbra Eius, et Leo, the story of a wolf who was impressed by the size of his shadow.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Testudo et Iuppiter, the story of the turtle who arrived late for Jupiter's wedding (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Iuppiter et Testudo

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: Ἐλεύθεραι αἶγες ἀρότρων. Liberae sunt caprae ab aratris. The goats are free from the plow.

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 Legends of the Egyptian Gods by E. A. Wallis Budge; you can see the table of contents here. 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.