Friday, November 29, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 29

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 Kalendas Decembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nemo solus sapit (English: No one is wise by himself).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Vespere laudatur dies (English: In the evening, the day can be praised).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Debilis ac fortis veniunt ad limina mortis (English: Weak and strong, they come to the threshold of death).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Melius est vocare ad holera cum caritate quam ad vitulum saginatum cum odio (Proverbs 15:17). 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: Cibum in matellam ne immittas: Put not meat into a pispot. Plutarche expoudeth this saying thus. Cast not good sentences into the minde of a wicked person. So that it is all one in effecte with that sayeng of Christ. Cast not perles afore swine. For speeche is the meat of the minde. But this meate is corrupted and doth putrifie, if it fal into an unsounde minde.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qui Probitate Caret. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pulex, Homo, et Hercules, a funny story about a man bitten by a flea (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Apes et Iuppiter, the story of how the bee got its sting.

apes et Iuppiter

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: ἐγὼ τὸ ἄλφα καὶ τὸ ὦ, ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος. Ego sum alpha et omega, primus et novissimus. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

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 Caucasian Legends by Abraam Goulbat; 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.