Monday, November 11, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 11

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 Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin, it's available (my project from summer of 2010); this is the source for the Latin fable below.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Idus Novembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Aequo pede propera (English: Hurry at an even pace).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Omnia tempus habent (English: All things have their time).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Dum canis os rodit, socium, quem diligit, odit (English: While the dog is gnawing a bone, he hates the companion whom he had loved).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Laetare, iuvenis, in adulescentia tua (Ecc. 11:9). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Sapiens sua bona secum fert: The wise man carieth about with him his goodes. By this is signified, that those onely be indeed and truely ours, which be within, as learning and vertue.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Amicus ut Non Alius, Inimicus ut Non Idem. 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 Cancer et Vulpes, the sad story of an overly ambitious crab.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cervus et Amici Eius, a story about friends who are as bad as enemies (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Cervus et Amici Eius

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: Ἀγροίκου μὴ καταφρόνει ῥήτορος. Agrestem ne contemnas oratorem. Do not scorn a backwoods speaker.

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 Italian Popular Tales by Thomas F. Crane; 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.