Monday, April 16, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 16

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 sextum decimum Kalendas Maias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Patientia vinces (English: By means of patience, you will triumph).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Deliberando discitur sapientia (English: By pondering, wisdom is learned).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Daedali alae (English: The wings of Daedalus... on which he famously made his escape King Minos; from Adagia 3.1.65).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Sub omni lapide scorpius dormit: Under every stone sleepeth a Scorpion. This Proverbe admonisheth us, that wee speake not rashely and unadvisedlie amonges captiouse and calumnious persons. For what so ever wee touch, it is to be feared that they will bite it. Now certaine it is, that the Scorpions be wonte in diverse countreyes beyond the sea, to lye lurkinge under stones, whiche stones, so sone as a man uniware, take up, forthwith he receyveth a wounde of the Scorpion.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Qui nihil audet, nihil gaudet.
He who dares nothing, enjoys nothing.

Audi, multa vide, multa loquare cave.
Listen, observe much; be wary of saying much.

TODAY'S FABLES:

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Aesopus ad quendam de successu improborum, a story about unintended consequences: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De cane et fure, which is another dog fable, this time about a discerning dog: Latin text and English versions.




Monday, April 9, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 9

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 Idus Apriles.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Fruere tua fortuna (English: Enjoy your good luck).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Amat victoria curam (English: Victory loves careful planning).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Est pax villana melior quam pugna Romana (English: A rustic peace is better than a Roman war).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Qui fodit foveam, incidet in eam (Ecc. 10:8). 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 Animi Quies. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



A deo rex, a rege lex.
From God, the king; from the king, the law.

Ingenium mala saepe movet.
Genius often stirs up trouble.

TODAY'S FABLES:

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Anus diligens iuvenem, item puella, a paradoxical love story: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De columbis, milvo et accipitre, a story about tyranny: Latin text and English versions.


And some of you may have been hearing about Brazilian politics in the news... so here's Latin LOLBaby:




Monday, April 2, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 2

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 Nonas Apriles.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Rebus angustis, fortis (English: In difficult situations, brave).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Laesa saepius repugnat ovis (English: Wounded once too often, the sheep fights back).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dignus es, qui in tenebris mices (English: He's a worthy man, with whom you can play "Rock-Paper-Scissors" in the dark; more about the ancient finger game).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἁμ' ἕπος, ἅμ' ἔργον (English: No sooner said than done).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Audentes deus ipse iuvat.
God himself favors the bold ones.

Maiori cede, sed non contemne minorem!
Yield to the greater, but scorn not the lesser!

TODAY'S FABLES:

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is iuvencus, leo, et praedator, a story about the lion's justice: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De ranis et Jove, a story for our times: Latin text and English versions.