Sunday, November 23, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 23

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are looking for more fables to read (LOTS more fables), you can download a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem nonum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

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 Varietate homines delectantur (English: People are pleased by variety).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Plus valet in dextra munus quam plurima extra (English: One gift in the right hand is worth more than many which are not at hand).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Mandatum lucerna est, et lex lux (6:23). 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: Sera in fundo parsimonia: It is to late sparinge at the botome. This sentence of Seneca is worthy to be written uppon the boxes of all those houses, of al countinge houses, upon al kaskettes, al vessels of wine or such like thinges. It monisheth us to spare betimes, and not to follow the common sorte of prodigal yongkers, which whan theyr landes and goods be ones fallen into theyr hands, think there is no botome of theyr fathers bagges and cofers, nor no boundes of theyr landes.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Senex et Iuvenis. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Faciam meo modo.
I will do it in my way.

Quam felix vita transit sine negotiis!
How happily passes a life without business!

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Formica Alata, the story of an ant who asked for wings, and later regretted it (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Gallus Divinus et Vulpes, the story of a sly fox and a very foolish rooster.

Gallus et Vulpes

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo Epulum Faciens, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 21

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 Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem undecimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cicatrix manet (English: The scar remains).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Fide et spe (English: With faith and hope).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ire catenatus nescit canis inveteratus. (English: The old dog cannot learn to go about on a leash).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Acti labores iucundi sunt (English: Work, once done, is pleasant).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tristior Areopagita (English: More gloomy than an Areopagite; from Adagia 1.9.41 - the Areopagus was the Hill of Mars in Athens, and the Areopagites were members of the court which convened there, hence proverbially grim, silent and gloomy).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὑπὸ παντὶ λίθῳ σκορπίος (English: Beneath every rock lurks a scorpion).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Faciam meo modo.
I will do it in my way.

Omnia sapientibus facilia.
All things are easy for those who are wise.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Leoni Cantans, a story about a boastful donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Senex et Vulpes, the famous story of the fox and the footprints leading into the lion's den.

leo et vulpes

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

leo, vacca, capra et ovis

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 19

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 tertium decimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Veritas vincet (English: The truth will be victorious).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Labor gloriae pater (English: Effort is the father of glory).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Di lanatos pedes habent (English: The gods have woollen feet). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Discipulus est prioris posterior dies (English: The day after is the student of the day before).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Cauda tenes anguillam (English: You're trying to hold an eel by the tail; from Adagia 1.4.94 - which means you won't have it for long!).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Amor caecus.
Love is blind.

Ex luna scientia.
From the moon, knowledge.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Quercus et Iuppiter, the story of trees that are their own worst enemies (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cervus et Vitis, a karma fable.

Cervus et Vitis

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo et Pastor, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

leo et pastor