Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 10

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I missed this weekend's post, but here's why: preparing some materials for a talk at Creighton later this month. The materials are all in English, but they are Aesop-related, so perhaps of interest. Father Greg Carlson is teaching a class this semester based on his amazing Aesop collection, and I'm helping out: Fables and Frames.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Idus Octobres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Abduction of Persephone, and there are more images here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Recte faciendo securus (English: By acting rightly, no worries).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Equi donati dentes non inspiciuntur (English: You shouldn't look at the teeth of the horse that's a gift).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iustitia in sese virtutes continet omnes (English: Justice contains in itself all the virtues).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεὸς (we use the Latin version in English: Deus ex machina).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae.
There is no great genius without some madness mixed in.

Litteras disce.
Learn your letters.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Testudo et Lepus, the famous story of the tortoise and the hare, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif: