Friday, January 24, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 24

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

I'm starting something new today in the blog, as you will see in the bottom item: Latin sundials! I'm enrolled in a History of Science course at my school (it's good to be on the student side of things every once in a while!), and a topic I have decided to pursue in that class is the history of sundials, along with their Latin mottoes of course! So I'll have a new sundial to share every week here in the blog and, given all the gorgeous sundials out there, I hope to keep writing about new sundials even after the class is over.

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

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Supra spem spero (English: I hope beyond hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Tempus omnia sanat (English: Time heals all things).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Laeta seges parvis ubertim crescit in arvis (English: Happy is the crop that grows abundantly in little fields).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Radix omnium malorum est cupiditas (I Tim. 6:10). 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: Ne Hercules quidem contra duos: Not Hercules against two, that is to saye: Though a man never so muche excelleth other in strengthe, yet it will be hard for him to matche two at ones. And one man may lawfully give place to a multitude..

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mures Duo, the famous story of the city mouse and the country mouse (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cerva in Speluncam Fugiens, the sad story of a deer seeking refuge from human hunters.

Cervus Venatores Fugiens et Leo

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: Soli Deo Gloria, To God Alone the Glory.