Thursday, August 18, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 18

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I started school this week so it's been busy, but I hope to get back on a regular schedule again soon!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Septembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Trojan Horse, and there are more images here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nil veretur veritas (English: Truth fears nothing).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Pacta sunt servanda (English: Promises should be kept).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Quos vult, sors ditat; quos non vult, sub pede tritat (English: Fortune enriches those whom she wants; the others she grinds under her foot).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Pulsate, et aperietur vobis (Matt. 7:7). 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: Grata brevitas: Shortnes is acceptable. Unto littel thinges is a certaine grace annexed. Some thinges do please men by reason of the greatnes and quantitie. Againe there be other thinges whiche even for that very cause be acceptable, and had in price, bycause they be litle. The English proverbe is thus pronounced, Short and swete.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Iudex Sibi. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Voluptate capimur omnes.
We are all prisoners of pleasure.

O quam difficiles sunt sine pace dies!
O how difficult are days without peace!


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Minerva et Naufragus, a story about how the goddess helps them that help themselves (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canis in Praesepi et Bos, the famous story of the dog in the manger.

Canis in Praesepi

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