Thursday, August 29, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 29

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 (my project from summer of 2012); this is the source for the Brevissima poster item below.

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Iuventus ventus (English: Youth is wind, that is, it passes by like the wind).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas optima rerum (English: Freedom is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Est avi cuique nidus formosus ubique (English: To each bird, its own nest is always beautiful).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Inter os et offam multum interest (English: Much can happen between the morsel and the mouth - or, as we say in English, "there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip").

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Archytae crepitaculum (English: the rattle of Archytas; from Adagia 2.7.44 - Archytas invented a rattle for children, and it came to stand proverbially for any noisy thing that makes noise with no meaning).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μία χελιδὼν ἐὰρ οὐ ποιεῖ (English: One swallow does not make a spring).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Res In Se Recurrentes. 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 Ovis Pelle Indutus, the story of the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the famous story of the lion's share (this fable has a vocabulary list).

leo, vacca, capra et ovis

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: πνεῦμα ἅγιον ἐπελεύσεται ἐπὶ σέ. Spiritus Sanctus superveniet in te. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee.

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 More Jataka Tales by Ellen Babbitt; 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.