Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Aeternitatem cogita (English: Think about eternity).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex unitate vires (English: From unity, power).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Non faciunt meliorem equum aurei freni (English: Golden reins do not make a better horse).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iota unum, aut unus apex non praeteribit (English: Not one jot nor one tittle will pass away).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Naviget Anticyras (English: Let him go to Anticyrae; from Adagia 1.8.52 - you could find hellebore in Anticyrae, which was reputed to be a cure for madness).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐχῖνος τὸν τόκον ἀναβάλλει (English: The hedgehog puts off giving birth... but she does so at her own peril: the baby hedgehogs get more and more prickly as time goes by).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ciconia et Uxor Eius, a sad but wise story about domestic violence in the animal world (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Aquila et Testudo, a story about a turtle who insisted on learning to fly.

Aquila et Testudo

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: μὴ φοβοῦ, μαριάμ. Ne timeas, Maria. Fear not, Mary.

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 Basque Legends by Wentworth Webster; 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.