Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Tandem tranquillus (English: At last, tranquil).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dubium sapientiae initium (English: Doubt is the beginning of wisdom)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Stulti est compedes, licet aureas, amare (English: It is for a fool to love fetters, even though they be golden). 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: Necessitas quod poscit, nisi des, eripit (English: Unless you give Necessity what she demands, she will take it by force).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Mustelae crocoton (English: Like a wedding dress for a weasel; from Adagia 1.2.72 - the poor weasel had no need for a wedding dress, of course, because she cannot find a husband; she is the proverbial old maid of the animal world in ancient Greece and Rome).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Avarus et Aureorum Sacculus, a wonderful story about a miser on his deathbed (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae et Sol, a "global warming" fable about the frogs.

Ranae et Sol

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: χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. Ave gratia plena: Dominus tecum. Hail, thou that are highly favored, the Lord is with 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 Bhagavad-Gita by Edwin Arnold, which is the version of the Gita that Gandhi first read; 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.