Thursday, February 5, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 5

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 free PDF copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: #PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Nonae Februariae, the Nones of February.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Deus dabit vela (English: God will give the sails).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Cedant arma legibus (English: Let weapons yield to the laws).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Omnia Mors tollit, quam nulla potentia mollit (English: Death, which no power can mollify, takes away everything).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Libera nos a malo (Matt. 6:13). 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: Durum est contra simulum calcitrare: It is harde kickinge against the gode. It is evill strivinge againste the extreme, that is to say, It is great folie to struggle against such thinges as thou canste not overcome, or to provoke them, who if they be sturred may do ye displeasures, or to wrastle with Gods providence, and the incommoditie, whiche thou canst not avoyde, by thy impacient bearinge not onely, not to eschew it: but also to double the same.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Hostem ita, qui fieri possit amicus, habe.
Consider your enemy as if he could become a friend.

Dum fata sinunt, iungamus amores.
While the fates allow, let us join our love.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cygnus et Corvus, a story of trying to imitate someone else instead of being yourself.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Platanus et Viatores, the story of a shade tree and some ungrateful humans (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Platanus et Viatores

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Vulpes et Luna, with links to the audio and to the blog post.