Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 28

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): ante diem quartum Kalendas Maias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Non ducor, duco (English: I am not led; I lead).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Necessitati parendum est (English: Necessity must be obeyed).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Parcito saepe cibis, et sic annosior ibis (English: Be sparing often with your food, and thus will go on to live a longer life).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Vade retro me, Satana (Mark 8:33). 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: Omnia idem pulvis: Al is one self dust or asshes. From earth wee came, and to earth wee shall. Yea the scripture saith that asshes wee be, and to asshes we shall reverte. Nowe amongest asshes or dust I pray you, what greate difference is ther? How will ye discerne the asshes of a Kinge, or an Emperour, of a Duke, of a great Bishop, from the asshes of a cobler, yea of a begger.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Non Amo Te. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Otium post negotium.
Pleasure after business.

Libri muti magistri sunt.
Books are silent teachers.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Piscatores et Lapis Ingens, a story about life's ups and downs.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pirata et Alexander Rex, a wonderful story about just what makes a criminal (this fable has a vocabulary list).

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἄλλων ἰατρὸς αὐτὸς ἕλκεσι βρύων. Aliis mederis, ipse plenus ulcerum. You are doctoring others but you yourself are swollen with sores.