Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 4

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): pridie Nonas Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nil desperandum est (English: We should never despair).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Pecuniae obediunt omnia (English: All things obey money).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Sunt asini multi solum bino pede fulti (English: There are many donkeys, except that they stand on two legs).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Nonne ad unum locum properant omnia? (Ecc. 6:6). 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: Mendacem memorem esse oportet: A lyer ought not to be forgetful. It is very harde for him that lyeth alwayes to agree in one tale, onles he hath a righte good memorie, for as much as the remembraunce of thinges feyned, is farre more hard than the memorie of true thinges. By reason whereof for the most parte the devisours forgers of lyes are by this meanes taken while forgetting what they speake afore, they speake thinges contrarie and repugnaunte to their former tale.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quod Natura Rogat. 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.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Boves et Plaustrum, a story about those who do the work and those who don't.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Animalia Fugans et Leo, a story about a boastful donkey and a skeptical lion (this fable has a vocabulary list).

asinus et leo

Greek Bible Art - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my Greek Bible Art graphics; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: ἐγώ εἰμι ἰησοῦς ὃν σὺ διώκεις. Ego sum Jesus, quem tu persequeris. I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.