Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 29

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Now that summer is here, I'm working away on the English-language proverbs. You can see what's going on over there at my new blog, The Proverb Laboratory, if you are interested - including some Latin-English proverb posters.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum 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 Mirandum naturae opus (English: We should marvel at the works of nature).

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: Post res saepe dies piscis vilescit et hospes (English: Often after three days the fish begins to stink, as does the houseguest).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Veritas liberabit vos (John 8:32). 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: Canis vindictam: A dogge hath a day. There is none so vile nor simple a person, but at one time or other may avenge him self of wronges done unto him. Wherfore it is a wise mans part to contemne no man.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Divitiis Utamur ut Oportet. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Res Sacras Portans, the story of a self-important donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Serpentis Cauda, the story of what happened when the snake's tail wanted to be in charge.

Cauda Serpentis et Caput

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: Ἀετὸν κορώνη ἐρεσχελεῖ. Aquilam cornix lacessit. The crow is taunting the eagle.