Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 5

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): Nonae Novembres, the Nones of November.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tolerandum et sperandum (English: We must endure and hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Morsus morsum ducit (English: One bite leads to another).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Audi doctrinam, si vis vitare ruinam (English: Listen to your lessons if you want to avoid destruction).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Benedicite maledicentibus vobis (Luke 6:28). 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 Conybeare: Culicem colant, camelum deglutientes: They streigne a gnatte through there teeth, and swallowe downe a cammelll. An apt proverbe applied by oure saviour Christ unto the Phariseis, which did aggravate small offences and mayntayne great enormities. It maye be nowe used agaynst such persons as seke out and punishe small offenders, and leat the great trespassours agaynst the lawe goe quyte unpunished. Also them that are scrupulouse yn thinges of litle importaunce, and yn ambition, avarice, extorcion, advonterie, theft, murder, treason or heresie they fynde no daunger of conscience.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Rex Populi Lux Animusque. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nil melius laetam quam semper ducere vitam.
Nothing is better than to lead a happy life always.

Acerba sunt bella fratrum.
Bitter are the wars between brothers.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Alauda, Pulli, et Agri Dominus, the famous story of the wise lark and her chicks (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, the story of two frogs, one cautious and one reckless.

Ranae Duae et Puteus

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

Leaena et Ursus