Saturday, November 29, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 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 tertium Kalendas Decembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Flecti, non frangi (English: To bend, not to break).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Alia aliis placent (English: Some things please some people, other things please others).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Debilis ac fortis veniunt ad limina mortis (English: Weak and strong, they come to the threshold of death).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sicut ostium vertitur in cardine suo, ita piger in lectulo suo (Proverbs 26:14). 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: Cibum in matellam ne immittas: Put not meat into a pispot. Plutarche expoudeth this saying thus. Cast not good sentences into the minde of a wicked person. So that it is all one in effecte with that sayeng of Christ. Cast not perles afore swine. For speeche is the meat of the minde. But this meate is corrupted and doth putrifie, if it fal into an unsounde minde.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vivere Disce, et Mori. 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 Apes et Iuppiter, the story of how the bees got their sting.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Res Sacras Portans, a wonderful story of a self-important donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Asinus Sacra Portans

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo Rex et Simius, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

leonis conversatio fallax