Saturday, June 8, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 8

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 (really here, now that houseguests are headed home), 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.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Idus Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tranquillam vitam agamus (English: Let us live a quiet life).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Mendacium nullum senescit (English: No lie grows old).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Curis iactatur, si quis Veneri sociatur (English: Someone who associates with Venus is agitated with worries).

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.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Non Sine Causa. 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 Ciconia et Vulpecula, the famous story of the how the stork got her revenge on the fox.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Formica Transformata, the wonderful story of how the ant was once a man (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Homo Formica Factus

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: ἄρατε τὴν κιβωτὸν τῆς διαθήκης. Tollite arcam foederis. Take up the ark of the covenant.