Thursday, December 28, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 28

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 quintum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Caveat emptor (English: Let the buyer beware).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Nocentem qui defendit, sibi crimen parit (English: He who protects a wrongdoer indicts himself).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ilias malorum (English: An Iliad of troubles; from Adagia 1.3.26... as Aeneas knew all too well; see the painting above).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Nec omnia, nec passim, nec ab omnibus: Neither all thinges, nor in al places, nor of all men. This Proverbe teacheth us, that in takinge of rewardes, wee shewe oure selves not only shamefast, but also ware and circumspecte. For there be some thinges, whiche is not seminge for a man to take. There is also a place and time, that it where much better for one to refuse the gifte that is offered than to take it. And againe there be some, of whom it is no honestie, to receive anie gifte..

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ne Ferrum Igni. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Dubium sapientiae initium.
Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.

Spina etiam grata est, ex qua spectatur rosa.
Even a thorn is welcome when it bears a rose.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the famous fable of the lion's share.

leo, vacca, capra et ovis

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Ovis, cervus, et lupus, a story about being on the lookout for dishonesty: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de leone, apro, tauro et asino, a story about the indignities of old age: Latin text and English versions.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday song for today is Tinnitus, Tinnitus, with Latin versions of the "Jingle Bells" song, including a Latin performance by Keith Massey!