Monday, January 6, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 6

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. My classes start this week, so things are going to be pretty busy, but I hope to be publishing the Bestiaria as usual.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): antediem octavum Idus Ianuarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Florebo quocumque ferar (English: I will flourish wherever I end up).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Alienis malis discimus (English: We learn from other people's troubles).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Stat scelus occultum, sed non remanebit inultum (English: A crime can be hidden, but it will not remain unavenged).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Dives difficile intrabit in regnum caelorum (Matt. 19:23). 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: Tuo te pede metire: Measure your selfe by your owne fote. The painters and carvers of images holde opinion, that the iust measure of everie man consisteht in seven of his owne fete. By this Proverbe wee be therfore warned, that wee dilate not oure selves beyonde our condition and state, neither yet esteme our selves by the prayses of flatterours, or opinion of the people or by favour of false fortune, but only by oure propre and true qualities.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Deus Testis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cancer et Filius Eius, a wonderful fable about do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rana et Leo, a story about FUD, fear uncertainty and doubt.

Leo et Rana

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: καταβῆναι τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον σωματικῶ εἴδει ὡς περιστερὰν. Descendit Spiritus Sanctus corporali specie sicut columba. The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove.