Saturday, June 9, 2012

Round-Up: June 9

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 Idus Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Curae cedit fatum (English: Fate yields to carefulness - or, you might say, diligence is a remedy for bad luck!).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Oderint, dum metuant (English: Let them hate, so long as they fear - words from a Roman tragedy as quoted by the Roman emperor Caligula).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Qui bona vina bibunt, etiam bona carmina scribunt (English: Those who drink good wines also write good poems).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris (Genesis 3:19). 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: Iucunda vicissitudo rerum: Chaunge of thinges is pleasaunt. Where shift of thinges is not, mans minde anone shall ware werie and dull. For assuredly such is the nature of things, so great lothsomnes, there is of mans appetite, that nothinge can be so swet but shal be abhorred, if it be any longe while used. Nothing is so galaunt, so excellent, that can longe content the minde.


ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Leo Nemeae, the story of Hercules' first labor.

FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Uva, the story of the "sour" grapes (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ciconia et Vulpecula, a story about culinary revenge.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is Neptune and Pallas, a story of the competition between the two gods for the favor of the city of Athens (Athena won, of course).

MILLE FABULAE: The "chunk" of Mille Fabulae et Una today is Fable 951, Mulier et Speculum, through Fable 960, Servus Profugiens et Aesopus, including Concubinae Duae, a wonderful story about a man and his two lovers: Senex, cuius caput respersum iam erat canis, habebat concubinas duas, moribus et aetate dissimiles, nam altera iuvencula et lascivior, altera aetate provecta et severior erat. Ut igitur ad harum alteram forte accesserat, ita crines non similes suis dormienti vellebantur. Carpebat enim iuvencula albos, senior vero nigros. Tandem ille calvo capite omnibus risui fuit.

Vir et Uxores Duae