Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 4

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): pridie Nonas Novembres, the day before the Nones of November.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tolerandum et sperandum (English: We must endure and hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Tace aut fac (English: Either shut up, or do it).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Deficit ambobus, qui vult servire duobus (English: Someone who wants to serve two masters fails them both).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Benedicite maledicentibus vobis (Luke 6:28). 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 Conybeare: Culicem colant, camelum deglutientes: They streigne a gnatte through there teeth, and swallowe downe a cammelll. An apt proverbe applied by oure saviour Christ unto the Phariseis, which did aggravate small offences and mayntayne great enormities. It maye be nowe used agaynst such persons as seke out and punishe small offenders, and leat the great trespassours agaynst the lawe goe quyte unpunished. Also them that are scrupulouse yn thinges of litle importaunce, and yn ambition, avarice, extorcion, advonterie, theft, murder, treason or heresie they fynde no daunger of conscience.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Scientia et Caritas. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Vox et praeterea nihil.
A voice, and nothing more.

Ut lauderis, lauda; ut ameris, ama.
In order to be praised, you must praise; in order to be loved, you must love.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Alauda, Pulli, et Agri Dominus, a famous fable that shows how timing is everything (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, a fable of two frogs: one reckless, one cautious.

Ranae Duae et Puteus

Amy Burvall's History for Music Lovers. Here is today's video: The Trojan War ("Tainted Love" by Soft Cell), which you can watch at YouTube also.