Saturday, January 7, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 7

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): antediem septimum Idus Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Diu delibera (English: Ponder at length).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Post calamitatem memoria alia est calamitas (English: After disaster the memory of it is yet another disaster).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Rhodiorum oraculum (English: A Rhodian oracle; from Adagia 2.6.44; this refers to be seek guidance about a trivial matter; when the people of Rhodes asked an oracle of Athena whether to use bronzeware or stoneware in their rituals, along with other such questions, the divine oracle became indignant and answered: neither).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Multitudo imperatorum Cariam perdidit: The multitude of rules destroied the countrey of Caria. This countrey was sumtime a very florishing realme, and by the discorde and dissention of the citizens amonges themselves, while everie man strove to be a Lorde, it was brought at last to a thinge of naught. Wherfore this Proverbe advertiseth us, that nothinge is more noysome, nor more pestiferous to a common weale, then the over muche libertie of a multitude, wher no man chieflie is obeied, but everie man doth as him lusteth. This unlafull libertie or licence of the multitude is called an Anarchie. A mischiefe surely in maner worse then any Tyrannie.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Res In Se Recurrentes. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Alter ego est amicus.
A friend is another self.

Non deest spes.
There is no lack of hope.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cancer et Filius Eius , a fable about hypocrisy (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rana et Leo, a story about a frog... a very loud frog.

Leo et Rana

Evan Millner's Fables. I thought you might enjoy Evan Millner's marvelous fable videos; they are available at YouTube. This fable provides a good contrast to the proverb about Caria above!