Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 20

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Don't forget about the Latin LOLCat Randomizer, and there's also a LatinLOLCat Board at Pinterest.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem duodecimum Kalendas Iulias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Three Daughters of Cecrops, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Datum serva (English: Preserve what is given to you).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Probi delicta cum tegas, leges teras (English: When you conceal the crimes of a good man, you erode the rule of law).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Aegypti nuptiae (English: The wedding of Aegyptus; from Adagia 3.1.3... This refers to any tragic and unlucky event, like the sad wedding when King Aegyptus married off his fifty sons to the fifty daughters of his brother, Danaus, whereupon all the sons but one were murdered by their brides).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Non semper erit aestas: It will not alweyes be sommer, take tyme when tyme cometh, for occasion will not alwey serve, when the iron ys whote we must strike, least hit be colde agayne.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Suum cuique pulchrum.
To each his own is beautiful.

Tranquillo quilibet gubernator.
When it's calm, everyone is a helmsman.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Membra et Venter, a fable about the body politic (this fable has a vocabulary list). Plus you can see English versions now too at my summer English Aesop project.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Agnus et Lupus, Bibentes, a famous fable of injustice, with English versions here (a dozen versions so far!).

Freebookapalooza: Classics. Here is today's free book online: Lucian's True Tale by Alfred J. Church.