Friday, May 6, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 6

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Busy with the end of the semester... but I'm done as of today! Fiat aestas!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Nonas Maias, the day before the Nones of May.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Ne cede malis (English: Yield not to evils).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sol omnibus lucet (English: The sun shines on everyone).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe ferox iuvenem mors rapit ante senem (English: Cruel death often snatches the young man before the old).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Dimitte mortuos sepelire mortuos suos (Matt. 8:22). 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: Nostris ipsorum alis capimur: We be taken with our own fethers. This Proverbe riseth of the fable that sheweth howe the Egle which was striken through with an arow, whan she sawe the arowe made of birdes fethers, wherewith she was wounded, said, Wee be now caught not of others, but even of our owne fethers. It is applied uppon them, which minister the occasion of theyr owne mischiefe and trouble, like to the English Proverbe, he hath made a rod for his owne arse.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Res Dulcissimae. 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:

Quod video, id credo mihi.
That which I see I put my trust in.

Fit fastidium copia.
Abundance turns into boredom.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Alauda, Pulli, et Agri Dominus, a famous story about knowing when the time is right (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Simiae Saltantes, a story about the King of Egypt and his dancing monkeys.
Simia Saltans

Evan Millner's Fables. I thought you might enjoy Evan Millner's marvelous fable videos; they are available at YouTube.