Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 18

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 Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin, it's available (my project from summer of 2010); this is the source for the Latin fable below.

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

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Vulneror, non vincor (English: I am wounded, not defeated).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Caritas omnia potest (English: Love can do all things).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Disce, quid es, quid eris: memor esto, quod morieris (English: Learn what you are, and what you will be: remember that you will die).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Spiritus quidem promptus; caro vero infirma (Mark 14:38). 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: Dii facientes adiuvant: The Goddess do helpe the doers. Hereby is mente, that the heavenly power is an ayde and helpe, not to loyterers and idle persons, but to laborious and paineful folke, and such as put to their own good willes.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ad Amorem. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Feles, Aquila, et Sus, the story of a conniving cat (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Membra et Venter, the famous story of the body's limbs going on strike.

Membra et Venter

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: ἄρατε τὴν κιβωτὸν τῆς διαθήκης. Tollite arcam foederis. Take up the ark of the covenant.

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 Fables of La Fontaine by Frederick Colin Tilney; 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.