Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 26

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Now that summer is here, I'm working away on the English-language proverbs. You can see what's going on over there at my new blog, The Proverb Laboratory, and I'm also accumulating some good, simple stories in English for the Empirical Grammar project - including some Greek and Roman legends.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Kalendas Iulias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Respice, adspice, prospice (English: Look back, look at, look ahead).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Spes alit agricolas (English: Hope nourishes farmers).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Non mare transisset, pavidus si nauta fuisset (English: The sailor would not have crossed the sea if he had been afraid).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Diligite inimicos vestros et benefacite (Luke 6:35). 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: Neque mel, neque apes: I have neither honie, nor bees. As who should say: I have no hony, bycause I have no bees, nor will not take the paines, to kepe and abide the bitinge and stinginge of them.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Apes et Pastor, a story that goes nicely with the proverb about bees cited above (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Formica Transformata, the wonderful story of the origins of the ant.

Homo Formica Factus

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: μὴ φοβοῦ, μαριάμ. Ne timeas, Maria. Fear not, Mary.