Sunday, May 20, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 20

I took a little time off while getting started on my summer project. It's not Latin-related... but it is folklore-related, so perhaps of interest: it's a collection of chain-tales! I'm not sure where exactly this will end up, but I have had a lot of fun getting started.


HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Disce docendo (English: Learn by teaching).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Occasio aegre offertur, facile amittitur (English: Opportunity is hard to grab, easy to lose).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Magis sibi placet, quam Peleus in machaera (English: He is more pleased with himself than Peleus with his sword; from Adagia 2.8.26... The gods had bestowed on Peleus a marvelous sword forged by Vulcan himself).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Crocodili lacrimae: Crocodiles teares. A proverbe applied unto them which hating an other man, whom they woulde destroye or have destroyed, they will seme to be sorye for hem. It ys taken of the propertie of Crocodilus the monstre, who beholding a man comming whom he would devoure weepeth, and after he hath eaten the bodye, he washeth the head with his teares and then eateth it also.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



In libris libertas.
In books there is freedom.

Post tenebras spero lucem.
After the darkness, I hope for light.

TODAY'S FABLES:

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Cervus ad boves, a story about being observant: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De cane antiquo et eius domino, a story about a bad boss: Latin text and English versions.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 8

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Idus Maias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Deianira and the Cloak, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Veritas omnia vincit (English: Truth overcomes all things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sol omnibus lucet (English: The sun shines on everyone).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Cochlea consiliis, in factis esto volucris (English: Be a snail in your planning and swift as a bird in your deeds).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is imitte mortuos sepelire mortuos suos (Matt. 8:22). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Oculus Vitae Sapientia. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Rara avis.
A rare bird.

Amicus cum vitiis ferendus est.
You must tolerate a friend together with his faults. 

TODAY'S FABLES:

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Muli duo et vectores, a story about the virtues of the simple life: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De agno et cane, a story about a mother's love: Latin text and English versions.


And there's a wonderful new Latin LOLBaby; find out more at the blog: Senex bis puer.



Monday, April 30, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 30

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Kalendas Maias, the day before the Kalends of May.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Perseus on Pegasus, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Caute, nec timide (English: Cautiously, not fearfully).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is In magno magni capiuntur flumine pisces (English: In the big river you can catch big fish).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Hylam vocat (English: He's calling out to Hylas ... and "he" would be Hercules, who will sadly receive no reply because the nymphs have taken Hylas for this own).


GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τοῖς σεαυτοῦ πτεροῖς ἥλως (English: You have been caught with your own feathers, like the poor eagle in Aesop's fable).


BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ratio Regina, Natura Mater. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Bene legere saecla vincere.
To read well is to conquer the centuries.

Crescit scribendo scribendi studium.
A zeal for writing grows by writing.

TODAY'S FABLES:

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Aquila et cornix, a story about an unfortunate tortoise: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De monte parturiente, a story about fake news: Latin text and English versions.