Thursday, May 29, 2014

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. 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 quartum Kalendas Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Quam plurimis prodesse (English: To help as many as possible).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Occasio facit furem (English: Opportunity makes the thief).

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 anima plus est quam esca? (Matt. 6:25). 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 Virtutis Amor. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Serpentis Cauda, the story of a snake who had a presumptious tail.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Res Sacras Portans, a story about a self-important donkey, this one with four legs (see proverb above).

Asinus Sacra Portans

Words from Mythology. For more about MARTIAL and MARS, see this blog post.