Friday, February 26, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 26

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 Martias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Primum: non nocere (English: First: to do no harm).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Nemo omnibus placet (English: No one can please everybody).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Quid non speramus, si nummos possideamus? (English: If we had the money, what could we not hope for?).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Nihil sub sole novum (Ecc. 1:9). 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: Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit: Flatterie and folowinge of mens mindes getteth friendes, where speaking of trouth gendreth hatred. Such is now and ever had been the fascion of the worlde, that who telleth the trouth is for most part hated, and he that can flatter and say as I say, shal be mine owne whit sonne. Our Englishe Proverbe agreeth with the same, He that will in Court dwell, must needes currie fabel. And ye shall understand that fabel is an olde Englishe worde, and signified as much as favour doth now a dayes.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Suum Cuique Pulchrum. Click here for a full-sized view. I'm sharing these with English translations at Google+ now too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Quam felix vita transit sine negotiis!
How happily passes a life without business!

Oderint, dum metuant.
Let them hate, so long as they fear.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mures Felem Contemplantes, a fable about the dangers of trusting the cat.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Iuppiter, the famous story of the frog who wanted a king (this fable has a vocabulary list).


Evan Millner's Fables. I thought you might enjoy Evan Millner's marvelous fable videos; they are available at YouTube. This one is Canis et Umbra!