Sunday, March 24, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 24

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm getting ready for what's going to be a summer of proverb adventures and while I'm shifting some of my focus over to English-language proverbs, I also have a new Latin LOLCats series going (bilingual) and other materials at my new blog (including some Shakespearean LOLCats), The Proverb Laboratory, if you are interested.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem nonum Kalendas Apriles.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Medio tutissimus ibo (English: In the middle way I will go, completely safe).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Fato non repugnandum (English: You can't fight back against Fate).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Sis animo magnus, sis moribus agnus (English: Be a great man in spirit; be a lamb in your behavior).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Legem non habentes, ipsi sibi sunt lex (Romans 2:14). 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: Oportet remum ducere, qui didicit: He ought to helde the oore that hath learned it. That is to saye: Everye man must practise that science and facultie, that hath bene afore taught him. Let not the shomaker medle further then his shoes. Lette the ploughman talke of his plough.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qualia Facta, Tale Nomen. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, a story about two frogs: one reckless, and one cautious (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canis Parturiens Domicilium Quaerens, a story of how no good deed goes unpunished.

canes duae

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἐκ τῶν ὀνύχων τὸν λέοντα. Ex unguibus leonem. You know the lion by its claws.