Monday, September 14, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 14

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

EXCITING NEWS: Rachel Ash and Miriam Patrick, Latin teachers whom I am sure some of you already know, have launched a new publication series: Pomegranate Beginnings. The first title is Pluto: fabula amoris. You'll be amazed at how they have managed to tell a story with very limited vocabulary, and I am guessing that this story could inspire you to tell stories of your own in Latin!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem undevicesimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Virtus depressa resurget (English: Excellence, though cast down, will rise again).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Experientia docet stultos (English: Experience teaches the fools).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Si fore vis sanus, ablue saepe manus (English: If you want to be healthy, wash your hands often).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Faciendi plures libros nullus est finis (Ecc. 12:12). 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: Omnium rerum vicissitudo est: There is an alteracion of al thinges. This sentence of Terence signifieth, that in mens thinges nothing is perpetuall, no thing stable, but all passe and repasse even like to the ebbine and flowinge of the Ocean sea, where unto the English Proverbe alludeth that saieth: After a lowe ebbe, commeth a floude.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Optimus magister bonus liber.
The best teacher is a good book.

Similes similibus gaudent.
Like delights in like.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Tympana, a sad story about a long-suffering donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Aquila et Sagitta, in which the eagle proves to be his own worst enemy. (If you know the novel and TV mini-series Once an Eagle, it takes its title from this Aesop's fable!)

Aquila et Sagitta

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: ἐκάλεσεν αὐτὸν κύριος ἐκ τοῦ βάτου. Dominus vocavit eum de medio rubi. God called unto him out of the midst of the bush.