Saturday, November 23, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 23

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 nonum Kalendas Decembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nulli nimium credite (English: Trust no one too much).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Cura curam trahit (English: One worry leads to another).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Plus valet in dextra munus quam plurima extra (English: One gift in the right hand is worth more than many which are not at hand).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Mandatum lucerna est, et lex lux (Proverbs 6:23). 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: Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus: Without meate and drinke the lust of the body is colde. The beste way to tame carnall lust, is to kepe abstinence of meates and drinkes. Ceres amonges the Panims was taken fro the Goddesse of corne, Bacchus for the God of wine, and Venus for the Goddesse of love. Our Englishe Proverbe confirmeth the same, which saith, A licorouse mouth, a licourouse taile.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Boni et Mali. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Lupus Monachus, a funny story about a very pragmatic wolf (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Gallus Divinus et Vulpes, a story about a very reckless rooster and a very sly fox.

Gallus et Vulpes

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: Ἄλλων ἰατρὸς αὐτὸς ἕλκεσι βρύων. Aliis mederis, ipse plenus ulcerum. You are doctoring others but you yourself are swollen with sores.

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 The Story of the Odyssey by Alfred Church; 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.