Friday, May 22, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 22

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 undecimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Alis aspicio astra (English: Rising on my wings, I gaze at the stars).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Exercitatio potest omnia (English: Practice accomplishes everything).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Intima per mores cognoscimus exteriores (English: We know a person's inner being through his external habits).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Ambulate dum lucem habetis ut non tenebrae vos comprehendant (John 12:35). 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: Sub ipsius iudicio sorex perit: The Rat dieth by utteryng of her self. This Proverbe toke the beginning of the propertie of this vermin for the Rattes be wonte to make a noyse muche more than mice do, and do more rumble about and make a noysom crieng while they gnaw candels endes or such other trifels to whiche noyse many men harkeninge forthwith though it be in the darke night throw at them and to kill them. Semblably many men and women there be which by theyr owne noyse, and be wraying of them selves, seke their owne bande and destruction.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Virtuti Mors Nocere Non Potest. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Aut mors aut victoria!
Either death or victory!

Iuventus ventus.
Youth is wind.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Leoni Cantans, and you know the lion king is not impressed by the donkey's singing (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Luscinia, Accipiter, et Auceps, a story of bird karma.

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: Αἰεὶ τὰ πέρυσι βελτίω. Semper anteriora meliora. Always the things of yesteryear are best.