Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 29

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. My apologies to people who have sent me emails in the past couple of weeks to which I have not replied - between the start of school and a website project I've been working on (the follow-up website to the Stanford "Designing a New Learning Environment" MOOC), I have been so busy! I hope to take the plunge and tackle my email inbox later this week. :-)

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Kalendas Februarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Contentus vivo parvo (English: I live, content with just a little).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Dicendo dicere discimus (English: We learn to speak by speaking).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pax, pax! clamatur; sed pax per bella paratur (English: Peace! Peace! people shout, but peace is obtained through wars).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Omnes vos fratres estis (Matt. 23:8). 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: Festina lente: Make slowe haste: Soft fier maketh sweete malte. It is good to be mery and wise. This is spoken when a man will signifie a thing to be doen, neither to hastily, nor to slowlye, but in a convenient temperaunce.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Praemia Servorum. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Asinus et Agaso, the sad story of a stubborn donkey.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Testudo et Iuppiter, the wonderful story of the turtle who was late for a wedding (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Iuppiter et Testudo