Thursday, May 28, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 28

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

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HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Kalendas Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Quam plurimis prodesse (English: To help as many as possible).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Occasio facit furem (English: Opportunity makes the thief).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: O bona fortuna, cur non es omnibus una? (English: O Good Luck, why are you not one and the same to everyone?).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Nonne anima plus est quam esca? (Matt. 6:25). 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: Sero sapiunt Phryges: The Troyans are wise to late. When the saege of Troy had endured for the space of ten yeares, then at last the Troyans which now had suffred innumerable mischiefes, began to take counsaile, whether it were best to send home againe faire Helene, the occasion of al their miserie. But when theyr countrey was now with continual warres wasted and destroyed, it was to late to be wise. Even so it is of manie at this day, They be wise, but to late.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Res Male Parta. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Esto tua sorte contentus.
Be content with your lot in life.

Frangit fortia corda dolor.
Grief shatters strong hearts.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canes Duo et Os, a story about two foolish dogs and one that was wiser (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mors et Cupido, a story about a cosmic mix-up!

Cupido et Mors

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: ἄγγελος γὰρ ἀγαθὸς συμπορεύσεται αὐτῷ. Angelus Dei bonus comitetur ei. For the good angel will keep him company.