Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 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 quartum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Tandem iustitia (English: Justice, at last).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Non sibi solum (English: Not for oneself alone)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nutrit et accipiter pullos suos (English: Even a hawk nourishes its chicks). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Canes timidi vehementius latrant (English: Dogs that are scared bark more loudly; from Adagia 3.7.100).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Ex vitio alterius sapiens emendat suum.
A wise person corrects their own failings by observing the failings of others.

Somnus donum deorum gratissimum.
Sleep is the most welcome gift of the gods.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leaena et Sus, a story about quality versus quantity.

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Passer ad leporem consiliator, a story about empathy, or the lack thereof: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is Lupus et Grus, which is Steinhowel's version of the fable from Phaedrus in the previous post: Latin text and English versions.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 25

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.

Comenius. Last week, I got a note from Chris Huff who is reviving the old Comenius Latin dictionary project; if you are interested, get in touch with him via his blog: Chuff Blog Comenius Project.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cicatrix manet (English: The scar remains).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Lex universa est, quae iubet nasci et mori (English: It is a universal law which bids us to be born and to die).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Croesi pecuniae teruncium addit (English: He's adding a penny to the wealth of Croesus... which is to say: he is not making any difference at all, given that Croesus was proverbially wealthy; from Adagia 4.10.48; more about Croesus, and here is a gold coin of Croesus, circa 550 BCE):


ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Sui cuique mores fingunt fortunam: A mans owne maners doe shape him his fortune. Men commonlie when anie adversitie chaunce, accuse, or when they see other men to prospere well in theyr matters, they say it is theyr fortune. So they ley all together upon fortune, thinking there is such a thing called fortune that ruleth all. But surely they are highlie deceived. It is their owne maners, their own qualities, touches, condicions, and procedinges that shape them this fortune, that is to say, that cause them, eyther to be sette forwarde or backeward, either to prospere or not to prospere.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Si Quis Loquatur. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Alit lectio ingenium.
Reading nourishes talent.

Qui dormit, non peccat.
He who sleeps does not sin.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leaena et Ursa, a story about hypocrisy and eating habits.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Lupus et grus, a story about how doing favors for scoundrels: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de duobus canibus, another story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and English versions.




Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bestiaria Latina: Special Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all! The Latin word gratia is very difficult to translate into English: it means thanks and gratitude and love and so much more, including grace ("saying grace" is saying "thank you"). You might take a few minutes just to look at the range of meanings: Lewis and Short.

And here are some Gratia-Cats you can enjoy for the holiday. :-)


Gratia gratiam parit.


GRATIA creates GRATIA.


Gratia referenda.


Return GRATIA for GRATIA.


Non gladio, sed gratia.


Not by means of the sword, but by means of GRATIA.


Beneficium et gratia vincula sunt concordiae.


A good deed and GRATIA are the cords of unity.


Gratia quando datur, studeas ut restituatur.


When GRATIA is given, make sure to do the same in return.


Super argentum et aurum gratia bona.


Above silver and gold, GRATIA is good.


In omnibus gratias agite.


In all things, do GRATIAS.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 21

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 undecimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Ora et labora (English: Pray and work hard).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Spes dabit auxilium (English: Hope will give help ... but for a different take on hope, see the next proverb!).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Spes laqueo volucres, spes captat arundine pisces (English: Hope captures birds with a net, and fish with a rod).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sol non occidat super iracundiam vestram (Eph. 4:26). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Frangit inertia vires.
Laziness saps your strength.

Nimium breves flores rosae.
Too brief are the flowers of the rose.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Unicornis, a story about a treacherous lion and a trusting unicorn.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Vulpis ad personam tragicam, a story about good looks: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de fure malo et sole, a story about evils that multiply: Latin text and English versions.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 13

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): Idus Novembres... the Ides of November!

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Veritate duce, progredi (English: With truth as the guide, to move forward), which I just learned is the motto of the University of Arkansas.


ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ars varia vulpi (English: The fox has many a trick).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Pullus de nido avolat (English: The chick flies away from the nest).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὸν τὸ ἑαυτὸν γνῶναι, ἀλλὰ μακάριον (English: It is a difficult but blessed thing to know oneself).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Bis Dat, Qui Cito Dat. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Sic itur ad astra
This is how you reach the stars.

Sapientia gubernator navis.
Wisdom is the ship's navigator.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Equus, a story about the trickster tricked.

Equus et Leo Medicus

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Ranae ad solem, a fable about global warming: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de leone, vacca, capra et ove, the proverbial lion's share: Latin text and English versions.




Friday, November 10, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 10

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 quartum Idus Novembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Maiora sequor (English: I follow greater things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is In varietate voluptas (English: There is a pleasure in variety)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non mare transisset, pavidus si nauta fuisset (English: The sailor would not have crossed the sea, if he had been afraid). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Asinus portans mysteria (English: The donkey carrying the icons; from Adagia 2.2.4, alluding to the Aesop's fable about that self-important donkey).


BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Veri Amoris Nullus est Finis. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Litteris absentes videmus.
By means of letters we see those who are absent.

Caelestia sequor.
I pursue heavenly things.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo, Lepus, et Cerva, a story about a lion whose greed gets him into trouble.

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Vacca, capella, ovis, et leo, the famous story of the lion's share: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De cane et frusto carnis, a story about a greedy dog who, like the lion, comes to grief: Latin text and English versions.




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.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

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.

TODAY'S FABLES:

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.