Thursday, January 11, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 11

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 tertium Idus Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Varietas delectat (English: Variety is pleasing).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Nec mortem effugere quisquam nec amorem potest (English: You can escape neither love nor death).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Momo satisfacere (English: Trying to satisfy Momus; from Adagia 1.5.74 ... and of course Momus can never be satisfied: Wikipedia).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Heroum filii noxae: The children of most renowned and noble personages, be for moste parte destructions to a common welth. Verelye our elders have observed from time to time, that the children of most excellent and wise men have growne much out of kinde from the vertues and prowesse of theyr progenitours.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Post nubila Phoebus.
After the clouds, sunshine.

Petenti dabitur.
It will be given to the one who asks.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo Rex et Regia Eius, a story about tyranny.

Leo Rex

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Leo senex, aper, taurus, et asinus, a story about how the mighty are fallen: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de homine et serpente, a story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and English versions.