Friday, June 22, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 22

I'm really scrambling this summer to manage the demands of life at the moment, but here's a blog post for this week, and I've been working away on my Chain Tales project too if you are interested in some folklore fun.

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

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtus propter se (English: Excellence for its own sake).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Non dentes cernas, si detur equus, neque spernas (English: If someone gives you a horse, don't look at its teeth, and don't turn it away -- in other words: don't look a gift-horse in the mouth).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cum mortuis non nisi larvae luctantur (English: None but ghosts wrestle with the dead).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἁ δὴ χεὶρ την χεῖρα νίζει (English: One hand washes the other).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Honos habet onus.
Public office is a burden.

Somnum ne rumpe leoni.
Disturb not the lion's sleep.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Panthera et pastores, a story about consequences: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De lupo et haedo, a story about a kid home alone: Latin text and English versions.