Monday, November 6, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 6

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Idus Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Diligamus invicem (English: Let us love one another).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Improbe Neptunum accusat, qui iterum naufragium facit (English: It's unfair to blame Neptune for the second shipwreck).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus grows cold; from Adagia 2.3.97, with Cere and Bacchus standing for bread and wine, and Venus for love).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Ignem igni ne addas: Put no fier to fier. Adde not calamitie to calamitie, leste beinge alreadie chauffed thou be yet more chauffed. Plato in his second booke of lawes, forbiddeth children the drinkinge of wine until they come to the age of xviii yeares, lest if the heate of the wine shoulde be added to the fervencie of the age, they shoulde seeme to commite fier to fier. This Proverbe is touched in Englishe, where it is saide, that wee ought not put fire to towe.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Felix Res Publica. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Neminem laede.
Harm no one.

Beatus qui invenit amicum verum.
Blessed is he who has found a true friend.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Tauri Duo, a story about the "divide and conquer" strategy.

Leo et Tauri - Osius

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Canis carnem ferens, a story about greed: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is Canis et Ovis, a story about injustice: Latin text and English versions.