Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 4

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): pridie Nonas Iunias, the day before the Nones of June.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nil desperandum est (English: Never despair!).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sero sapiunt Phryges (English: The Trojans get wise too late - i.e. only after they brought the wooden horse inside their city walls).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Multi scire volunt, sed vere discere nolunt (English: Many want to know, but in fact they refuse to learn).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Non est opus valentibus medico, sed male habentibus (Matt. 9:12). 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: Mendacem memorem esse oportet: A lyer ought not to be forgetful. It is very harde for him that lyeth alwayes to agree in one tale, onles he hath a righte good memorie, for as much as the remembraunce of thinges feyned, is farre more hard than the memorie of true thinges. By reason whereof for the most parte the devisours forgers of lyes are by this meanes taken while forgetting what they speake afore, they speake thinges contrarie and repugnaunte to their former tale.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Boves et Plaustrum, a story about long-suffering oxen.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canes et Corium, a story about dogs undone by greed (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Canes et Corium

Words from Mythology. For more about JOVE and JOVIAL, see this blog post.

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