Friday, September 6, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 6

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 octavum Idus Septembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Vincit omnia veritas (English: Truth conquers all).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Cito arescit lacrima (English: A tear dries quickly).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pervigili cura semper meditare futura (English: With everwatchful care always keep your mind on what is to come).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Si dormierint duo, fovebuntur mutuo; unus quomodo calefiet? (Ecc. 4:11). 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 Conybeare: Cor ne edito: Do not torment thie mynde with care and heavynes. It was one of Pithagoras counsayles.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Dies Clarissima. 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 Feles et Venus, the story of what happened when Venus turned a cat into a woman.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Aquila et Vulpes, the dramatic story of the fox and her pups, kidnapped by the eagle (this fable has a vocabulary list).

vulpes et aquila

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: τί δειλοί ἐστε, ὀλιγόπιστοι; Quid timidi estis, modicae fidei?Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?

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 Tales from the Lands of Nuts and Grapes - Spanish and Portuguese Folklore by Charles Sellers; 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.