Monday, July 8, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 8

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Now that summer is here, I'm working away on the English-language proverbs. You can see what's going on over there at my new blog, The Proverb Laboratory, including some Latin proverbs.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Idus Iulias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Res crescunt concordia (English: With harmony, things prosper).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Quodcumque voveris, redde (English: Deliver whatever you have promised).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Parcus vescendo, parcissimus esto bibendo (English: Eat sparingly, and drink even more sparingly).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Funiculus triplex difficile rumpitur (Ecc. 4:12). 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: Homo bulla: Man is but a bubble, or bladder of the water. As who shuld say nothing is more frayle, more fugitive, more slight than the life of man. If ye require the Englishe Proverbe, it is this, Today a man, tomorow none.

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

And here is today's proverbial LOLcat:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Bos Laborans et Vitula, the story of a hard-working ox and a frivolous heifer.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cancer et Filius Eius, a story about a hypocritical crab parent (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Cancri Duo

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: Αὐτοὶ χελώνας ἐσθίετε. Ipsi testudines edite. Eat the turtles yourselves.

Myth & Folklore Books. I'm accumulating some book recommendations for the classes I teach and wanted to share them here. Today's book is The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. This is a free Kindle ebook!