Thursday, January 19, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 19

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 a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest or the Distich Poems Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum decimum Kalendas Februarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Vae soli (English: Woe to the one who is alone).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Beneficium saepe dare, docere est reddere (English: To often do favors teaches others how to return them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is In Orci culum incidas (English: May you fall into Orcus's butthole, a memorable curse from Erasmus's Adagia 2.10.68).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Pluris est oculatus testis, unus quam auriti decem: An eye witnesse is of more value, then tenne are witnesses, that is to say, farre more credite is to be given to suche as report the thinge they sawe with their eyes, than ten such as speake, but by heare say.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Ex parvo satis.
From little, enough.

Timendi causa est nescire.
Ignorance is the cause of fear.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Corvus et Mercurius, a story about a duplicitous crow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Concubinae Duae, in which a man has two lovers.

Vir et Uxores Duae

Alchemical Latin Reader. Below you will find an animated gif that shows all 50 of the emblems from Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens; for more information, see this blog post.