Sunday, September 8, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 8

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 sextum Idus Septembres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Perseveranti dabitur (English: To the one who perseveres, it will be given).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Durum omnibus placere (English: It is hard to please everybody)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Tangor, non frangor, ab undis (English: I am touched but not broken by the waves). 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: Cuivis dolori remedium est patientia (English: Patience is a remedy for any kind of grief).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Hydrus in dolio (English: There's a snake in the jar; from Adagia 3.10.98 - The story goes that a man was puzzled by the way the wine level in a sealed jar kept going down, if no one was draining the wine from the outside; at the bottom of the jar there was a water-snake, and it had been drinking the wine).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Fortuna Vocor. 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:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Graculus et Avarus, a wonderful fable about a thieving bird and a greedy man (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mare et Agricola, a story in which the sea speaks up for herself.

Mare et Vox Eius

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: ἀποκτενῶ σε καὶ ἀφελῶ τὴν κεφαλήν σου ἀπὸ σοῦ. Percutiam te, et auferam caput tuum a te. I will smite thee, and take thing head from thee.

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 Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Laura Valentine; 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.