Saturday, October 18, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 18

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Da dextram misero (English: Reach out your right hand to the unfortunate).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Stultus verba multiplicat (English: The foolish man multiplies his words).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pix dum palpatur, palpando manus maculatur (English: When you touch pitch, the hand that does the touching is stained).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sicut fecisti, fiet tibi (Ob. 1:15). 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: Sui cuique mores fingunt fortunam: A mans owne maners doe shape him his fortune. Men commonlie when anie adversitie chaunce, accuse, or when they see other men to prospere well in theyr matters, they say it is theyr fortune. So they ley all together upon fortune, thinking there is such a thing called fortune that ruleth all. But surely they are highlie deceived. It is their owne maners, their own qualities, touches, condicions, and procedinges that shape them this fortune, that is to say, that cause them, eyther to be sette forwarde or backeward, either to prospere or not to prospere.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Aurum Omnia Vincit. 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 Ursus et Apes, a story about an angry bear and some even angrier bees.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Puer et Paedagogus, a sad story about a heartless teacher (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Puer et Paedagogus

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: εἰσελθὼν πρὸς αὐτὴν εἶπεν, χαῖρε. Ingressus angelus ad eam dixit: Ave! The angel came in unto her and said: Hail!