Sunday, September 22, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 22

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 decimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Experto credite (English: Trust someone with experience).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post proelia praemia (English: After battles, the reward).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Equo currenti non opus calcaribus (English: There's no need to spur a running horse).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Omne regnum contra se divisum desolabitur (English: Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Zoili sunt (English: They are Zoiluses; from Adagia 2.5.8 - Zoilus was a 4th-century Cynic philosopher who was notorious for being critical of everyone and everything; he was especially famous for his criticisms of Homer, and earned the nickname "Homer's scourge," Homeromastix).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χελώην Πεγάσῳ συγκρίνεις (English: You're comparing a tortoise to Pegasus - which is like apples and oranges, but even more so!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qui Amat, Uritur. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, a story about recklessness and caution (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Tauri, a story of divide and conquer.

Leo et Tauri - Osius

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: ἐπλήσθη πνεύματος ἁγίου ἡ ἐλισάβετ. Repleta est Spiritu Sancto Elisabeth. Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.

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 English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs; 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.