Saturday, August 3, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 3

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 tertium Nonas Augustas.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Ferendo feram (English: By endurance, I will endure).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Amici fures temporis (English: Friends are thieves of time)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Manus digiti coaequales non sunt, omnes tamen usui (English: The fingers of the hand are not equal, but all are useful). 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: Quidquid futurum est summum, ab imo nascitur (English: Whatever is going to be on top starts out from the bottom).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is In puteo cum canibus pugnas (English: You're fighting with dogs in a well - which is not a good situation from any point of view! - from Adagia 1.10.36).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Verus Amor Dei. 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 Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, the story of a fox who had to ask the wolf for help.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Culex et Leo, a story of victory and defeat (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Leo et Culex

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: Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐκ ἀλεγίζει. Elephas murem non curat. An elephant doesn't worry about a mouse.

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 Poems and Fragments of Catullus Translated in the Metres of the Original by Robinson Ellis; 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.