Saturday, September 14, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 14

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 undevicesimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Honesta peto (English: I seek honorable things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus rerum imperator (English: Time is the commander of things).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Qualis grex, talis rex (English: As the flock, so the king). 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: Pericla timidus etiam, quae non sunt, videt (English: A fearful person sees dangers which are not even there).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Totus echinus asper (English: The whole hedgehog is prickly; from Adagia 2.9.59).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vitam Regit Fortuna, Non Sapientia. 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 Aquila et Sagitta, the story of an eagle undone by his own feather.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Tympana, the sad story of the donkey who could never get a break (this fable has a vocabulary list).

negotiator et asinus

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. ὁ μιχαὴλ καὶ οἱ ἄγγελοι αὐτοῦ τοῦ πολεμῆσαι μετὰ τοῦ δράκοντος. Michaël et angeli ejus præliabantur cum dracone Michael and his angels fought against the dragon.

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 Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright; 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.