Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 13

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. My classes started (soft start) this week, and so far I've been able to keep the Bestiaria going on its usual every-other-day schedule. Things should settle down in September - and classes start officially next Monday. Whoo-hoo!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Idus Augustae, the Ides of August!

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tempera te tempori (English: Adapt yourself to the occasion).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Aeterna sapientia lucet (English: Wisdom shines eternally).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Se minus afflictum sentit, qui providet ictum (English: The person who sees the blow coming feels himself less shattered).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Unus introitus est omnibus ad vitam, et similis exitus (Wisdom 7:6). 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: Currus bovem trahit: Ye set the cart before the horse. This Proverbe hath place in thinges done preposteriously, cleane contrarilye, and arsy versy as they say. As for exemple, if a wife would rule her husbande, if the scolar woulde teache his maister, if the commons would tel theyr Prince what he had to do, finallie if the affection or sensualite would guide reason, as alake for pitie in these cases, and in many other more, it is oft seene.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quid Sum? (a Latin riddle). 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 Pisces e Sartagine Exsilientes, a fable about "out of the frying pan, into the fire" (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Haedus in Tecto et Lupus, the story of a bold little kid.

Haedus in Tecto et Lupus

Greek Bible Art - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my Greek Bible Art graphics; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: ἰδοὺ μάγοι ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν παρεγένοντο. Ecce magi ab oriente venerunt. Behold, there came wise men from the east.

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 the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward FitzGerald. 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.