Monday, May 28, 2012

Round-Up: March 28

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. On alternating days this summer, I'm posting a separate disticha round-up, too!

HODIE: ante diem quintum Kalendas Iunias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Hector and Paris; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nolo servile capistrum (English: I refuse to wear the slave's halter).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Mors omnia aequat (English: Death makes all things equal).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: O bona fortuna, cur non es omnibus una? (English: O Good Luck, why are you not one and the same to everyone?).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Qui servat ficum, comedet fructus eius (Proverbs 27:18). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Sero sapiunt Phryges: The Troyans are wise to late. When the saege of Troy had endured for the space of ten yeares, then at last the Troyans which now had suffred innumerable mischiefes, began to take counsaile, whether it were best to send home againe faire Helene, the occasion of al their miserie. But when theyr countrey was now with continual warres wasted and destroyed, it was to late to be wise. Even so it is of manie at this day, They be wise, but to late.


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Societas Leonina, the famous story of the lion's share.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canes Duo et Os, the story of two dogs fighting over a bone (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 891, Astrologus Stellas Contemplans, through Fable 900, Medicus Imperitus, including Sacerdos et Pira, a very funny story about how "hunger is the best sauce."

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Trees and The Woodman, a story about why trees are their own worst enemy.

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mors et Cupido, a story of what happened when Death and Cupid got their weapons mixed up: Mutabant pharetras Mors et Cupido. Mortis sagittae senile pectus penetrant et caeco amoris igni carpuntur venae. Cupidinis tela, morbis solummodo et frigore armata, gloriabantur illa corda quae iuvenili igni calefacere debebant. Cum hoc Cupidini innotescebat, Mortis telis Morti remissis, Cupido suam reposcebat pharetram, quam illi Mors remisit. Sed quamvis ambae suis iam potiuntur spiculis, delirus tamen Error remanet; saepius etenim fit ut quaedam Cupidinis sagitta nivibus et glacie, et aliae sagittae Mortis ignibus et flammis sunt armatae.

Cupido et Mors