Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 1

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 copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: Fables, Proverbs and Distichs — Free PDFs.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Kalendae Iuniae, the Calends of June!

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Aude et prevalebis (English: Be bold, and you will prevail).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sapiens qui vigilat (English: The man who keeps watch is wise).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: O bona fortuna, cur non es omnibus una? (English: O Good Luck, why are you not the same to everyone?).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Laudemus viros gloriosos et parentes nostros in generatione sua (Sirach 44:1). 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: Mendacem memorem esse oportet: A lyer ought not to be forgetful. It is very harde for him that lyeth alwayes to agree in one tale, onles he hath a righte good memorie, for as much as the remembraunce of thinges feyned, is farre more hard than the memorie of true thinges. By reason whereof for the most parte the devisours forgers of lyes are by this meanes taken while forgetting what they speake afore, they speake thinges contrarie and repugnaunte to their former tale.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Flores Pereuntes. 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:

Cave ab eo quem non nosti.
Beware of someone you don't know.

Abundans cautela non nocet.
Extreme caution does no harm.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Milvus Aegrotans, a story of deathbed repentance.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Sol, an ecological fable (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Ranae et Sol

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