Friday, March 3, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 3

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 quintum Nonas Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Spero meliora (English: I hope for better things).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Malum ne alienum feceris tuum gaudium (English: Don't find your joy in another's misfortune).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Nunc illa advenit Datidis cantilena (English: It's now time for the song of Datis; from Adagia 2.9.80... Datis the Mede was famous for his special reverence for Apollo, and his rough efforts to speak Greek, saying, I have glad, I be enjoyed, I pleasuring - grammatically incorrect, but very jolly.).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Piscator ictus sapiet: The fisher striken wil be wise. A certaine fisherman, when he hadde brawten up his net, and began now to take in his handes the fishes which he had caught, chaunced to take up also a Scorpion, whiche forthwith strake him. Wel quoth he, now that I am striken, I wil beware. The English Proverbe is in this fashion pronounced, The brent childe fyer dredeth.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nulla dies sine linea.
No day without (writing) a line.

Vos estis lux mundi.
You are the light of the world.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a fable about how the god helps him who helps himself (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Camelus et Iuppiter, a fable about being careful what you ask for.

Camelus et Iuppiter - Osius

Words from Mythology. For more about Aphrodite and aphrodisiacs, see this blog post.