Friday, November 15, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 15

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 Decembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Quaerendo invenietis (English: By seeking, you will find).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Animo et fide (English: By means of courage and faith).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ars varia vulpi (English: The fox has many a trick).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dimittite mortuos sepelire mortuos suos (English: Leave the dead to bury their dead).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is e Hercules quidem adversus duos (English: Not even Hercules fights against two at once - in other words, it's best to confront your enemies one at a time; from Adagia 1.5.39).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Πόρρω Διός τε καὶ κεραυνοῦ (English: Far from both Zeus and his thunderbolt... which means it's best to steer clear of the people in power).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Non Amo Te. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sanctus Petrus et Rusticus, a wonderful story about how God helps them that help themselves (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rusticus de Arbore Delapsus, a wonderful story about how to climb a tree without falling out of it.

De Arbore Descendens

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: Ἀλκυονίτιδας ἡμέρας ἄγεις. Alcyonis dies agis. You are enjoying Halcyon days.

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 Moon Lore by Timothy Harley; 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.