Monday, October 28, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 28

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 quintum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Disce gaudere (English: Learn to enjoy).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Tempus et patientia (English: Time and patience).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Avis matura vermem capit (English: The bird who hastens catches the worm).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nihil invita Minerva facies (English: You will not accomplish anything if Minerva is unwilling).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne Iupiter quidem omnibus placet (English: Not even Jupiter can please everybody; from Adagia 2.7.55).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀυτοῦ Ῥόδος, αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ πήδημα (English: Here is Rhodes; here also your jump - from the famous Aesop's fable about the boastful athlete).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quis Mendicum Amat?. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Luna et Mater, the story of what happened when the moon asked her mother for a new dress.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pirata et Alexander Rex, the marvelous story of Alexander the Great and an unabashed pirate (this fable has a vocabulary list).

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: φέρουσιν αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὸν γολγοθᾶν τόπον. perducunt illum in Golgotha locum. They bring him unto the place Golgotha.

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 Mahabharata, Vol. 1-3 by K.M. Ganguli; 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.