Saturday, August 1, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'll have houseguests next week, so I may or may not be posting the Bestiaria, but if I'm out of commission this coming week, I'll be back in business the next week.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Kalendae Augustae, the Kalends of August!

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Meliora spero sequorque (English: I hope for and pursue better things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Aequa mors est (English: Death is impartial).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Linque coax ranis, cras corvis, vanaque vanis (English: Leave croaking to the frogs, cawing to the crows, and foolishness to the fools).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Unusquisque propriam mercedem accipiet secundum suum laborem (I Cor. 3:8). 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: Satius est initiis mederi quam fini: Better it is to remedie the beginninges then the endes. Stoppe a disease, saith the Poete Ovide, while it is in the comminge. Medicine is south for to late, whan by long continuance of time the disease catcheth ones strength.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is In Fortunam Modicam. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Omnis est rex in domo sua.
Each man is king in his own home.

Unus nihil, duo plurimum possunt.
One can do nothing; two can do many things.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Testudo et Iuppiter, a story about how the turtle got her shell (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Puer et Paedagogus, a story about a teacher's misplaced priorities.

Iuppiter et Testudo

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: CARPE DIEM.