Saturday, April 2, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 2

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 Nonas Apriles.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Volando reptilia sperno (English: As I fly, I scorn creeping things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Abluit manus manum (English: One hand washes another).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ex frixis pullus ovis nunquam venit ullus (English: No chicken ever comes from fried eggs).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Omnia membra corporis, cum sint multa, unum corpus sunt (I Cor. 12:12). 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: Qui e nuce nucleum esse vult, frangit nucem: He that will eate the carnel out of the nutte, breaketh the nutte. He that loke for profite, may not flee labours. This Proverbe therfore is against idle personnes, whiche flee paines, who be very well resembled to cattes by the English Proverbe, saieng thus, The Catte wil fish eate, but she will not her feete wette.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vita Placida. 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:

Sola caritas non peccat.
Love alone does not sin.

Fuge, late, tace.
Run away, hide, keep silent.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Aquila et Sagitta, the sad story of the eagle undone by its own feather (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Aquila et Vulpes, a story about a wicked eagle!

vulpes et aquila

Words from Mythology. For more about the Greek LABYRINTH, see this blog post.