Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 5

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): Nonae Novembres, the Nones of November.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tolerandum et sperandum (English: We must endure and hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Actum ne agas (English: Don't do something that's been done).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Deficit ambobus, qui vult servire duobus (English: Someone who wants to serve two masters fails them both).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Comedamus et bibamus; cras enim moriemur (Isaiah 22:13). 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 Conybeare: Culicem colant, camelum deglutientes: They streigne a gnatte through there teeth, and swallowe downe a cammelll. An apt proverbe applied by oure saviour Christ unto the Phariseis, which did aggravate small offences and mayntayne great enormities. It maye be nowe used agaynst such persons as seke out and punishe small offenders, and leat the great trespassours agaynst the lawe goe quyte unpunished. Also them that are scrupulouse yn thinges of litle importaunce, and yn ambition, avarice, extorcion, advonterie, theft, murder, treason or heresie they fynde no daunger of conscience.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Alauda, Pulli, et Agri Dominus, the famous story of the provident mother bird (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, the story of two frogs: one provident, and one not.

Ranae Duae et Puteus

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: φεῦγε εἰς αἴγυπτον, καὶ ἴσθι ἐκεῖ. Fuge in Aegyptum, et esto ibi. Flee into Egypt and be thou there.

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 Heroes of Asgard by Annie Keary and E. Keary; 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.