Monday, May 4, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 4

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 free PDF copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: #PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Nonas Maias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Ne cede malis (English: Yield not to evils).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sol omnibus lucet (English: The sun shines on everyone).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe ferox iuvenem mors rapit ante senem (English: Cruel death often snatches the young man before the old).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Ne temere quid loquaris (Ecc. 5:2). 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: Ovium nullus usus, si pastor absit: There is no goodnes of shepe, if the shepherde be away. Servauntes do nothing well, where the maister is absent. Scollers do no good, when the teacher is gone. That commonaltie is nothinge worth, that is not governed by the authoritie of a Prince. In summa, where is an Anarchie and no Monarchie, I meane, where one hedde and ruler is not, but every man as a Lord doth what him lusteth, there is nothinge well done.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Praemium et Poena. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Stare diu nescit qui non aliquando quiescit.
He who does not sometime take a rest knows not how to stand a long time.

Adspicis iratum? Irato noli addere ferrum.
Do you see an angry man? Lend him not a sword.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mus in Olla, the story of a mouse and a fatal food accident (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Asinus et Viatores Duo, a story about what you lose when you quarrel.

Asinus Controversus

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: στραφεῖσα ἐκείνη λέγει αὐτῷ, ραββουνι. Conversa illa, dicit ei: Rabboni. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni.