Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 21

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 duodecimum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Fiat iustitia (English: Let there be justice).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Bellum dulce inexpertis (English: War is sweet to those who have not experienced it)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Edentulus vescentium dentibus invidet (English: The poor toothless person envies the teeth of the diners). 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: Fortuna, nimium quem fovet, stultum facit (English: Fortune makes the person whom she favors too much into a fool).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Cyprio bovi merenda (English: A meal fit for a Cyprian bull - which is to say, not very appetizing at all as the bulls of Cyprus supposedly fed on dung; from Adagia 1.10.96).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Hora Fugax. 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 Delphinus et Pisciculus, the tragic tale of a little fish and a cruel dolphin.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Iuppiter et Serpens, the story of a snake who wanted to offer Zeus a present on the occasion of his marriage (this fable has a vocabulary list).

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: ἡ κεφαλὴ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐπ᾽ αὐτῷ. Caput eius non est in illo. His head was taken from him.

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 Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang; 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.