Sunday, August 12, 2012

Round-Up: August 12

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting, and you can also get a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin. If you prefer the heft of a book in your hand, you can get the books in printed form from

HODIE: pridie Idus Augustas.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tempera te tempori (English: Adapt yourself to the time).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Cura angit animum (English: Worry squeezes the mind).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Se minus afflictum sentit, qui providet ictum (English: The person who sees the blow coming, feels himself less shattered).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Unus introitus est omnibus ad vitam, et similis exitus (Wisdom 7:6). 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: Currus bovem trahit: Ye set the cart before the horse. This Proverbe hath place in thinges done preposteriously, cleane contrarilye, and arsy versy as they say. As for exemple, if a wife would rule her husbande, if the scolar woulde teache his maister, if the commons would tel theyr Prince what he had to do, finallie if the affection or sensualite would guide reason, as alake for pitie in these cases, and in many other more, it is oft seene.

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Legisse Parum Est: Quod legis in scriptis, hoc tu virtutibus imple; / Qui bona scit nec agit, quam miser ille perit!


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pisces e Sartagine Exsilientes, a fable about "out of the frying pan, into the fire" (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Dog in the Manger, a famous story about a spiteful and selfish bully.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Simius et Circulator, a fable about a monkey who was sorely deceived and lost his freedom - a warning to us all!

0312 De simia et histrione