Monday, August 19, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 19

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Today is the first official day of classes at my school: wish me luck! If you are curious about the blog for my class, you can see that here: Class Announcements blog.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum decimum Kalendas Septembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Mea mecum porto (English: I carry what is mine with me).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Suum cuique placet (English: Each person likes what is his).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Quod puer assuescit, senior dimittere nescit (English: What a young boy gets used to, the old man isn't able to stop).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Quis est meus proximus? (Luke 10:29). 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: Grata brevitas: Shortnes is acceptable. Unto littel thinges is a certaine grace annexed. Some thinges do please men by reason of the greatnes and quantitie. Againe there be other thinges whiche even for that very cause be acceptable, and had in price, bycause they be litle. The English proverbe is thus pronounced, Short and swete.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Auctores Veteres et Recentes. 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 Feles et Venus, the delightful story of what happened when a man fell in love with his cat (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canis in Praesepi et Bos, the famous story of the dog in the manger.

Canis in Praesepi

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 ὁ ἄνθρωπος. Ecce homo. Behold the man!

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 A Book of Old Ballads by Beverley Nichols; 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.