Monday, October 14, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 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): pridie Idus Octobres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Stat veritas (English: The truth abides).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnia sapientibus facilia (English: All things are easy for the wise)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Corruptissima respublica, plurimae leges (English: The most corrupt state, the most laws). 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: Deliberandum est saepe, statuendum est semel (English: Think about something often; make your decision once).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Crocodili lachrimae (English: Crocodile tears; from Adagia 2.4.60).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Crocodilus et Canis, a story about a dog and a hypocritical crocodile, even if this one is not actually weeping (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lepores et Ranae, a story of the timid rabbits and even more timid frogs.

Lepores et Ranae

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἀετὸν κάνθαρος μαιεύεται. Aquilae scarabaeus obstetricatur. The beetle is playing midwife to the eagle.

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 Aesop Dress'd by Bernard Mandeville; 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.