Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 11

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are looking for more fables to read (LOTS more fables), you can download a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Idus Martias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Utere sorte tua (English: Make use of your lot in life).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Amor metu vacat (English: Love is free from fear).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Si lupus est agnum, non est mirabile magnum (English: If a wolf eats a lamb, it's no great surprise... watch out for for that first "est" meaning "eats").

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Non est aliquid absconditum quod non manifestetur (Mark 4:22). 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: Optat ephippia bos piger, optat arare caballus: The slow oxe wishes for the sadle, and the gelding to eare the ground. No man is contented with his lotte, the courtier woulde dwell in the countrey, the dweller in the countrey woulde be a courtier, the bachiller wishes him self maried, and when he is maried, he would be unmaried.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Non Crede Cito. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Bos Fimum Evehens, a funny story about an ox who is indignant about his own manure (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Asinus et Tympana, the sad story of the donkey who was made into a drum.

negotiator et asinus

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: DUM SPECTAS FUGIO, "While you watch, I flee."