Saturday, May 16, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Frango dura patientia (English: With patience, I shatter hardships).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Numeri regunt mundum (English: Numbers rule the world).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: llum nullus amat, qui semper: Da mihi! clamat (English: No one loves the man who is always shouting: Give me that!).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Vidi sub sole nec sapientium panem nec doctorum divitias (Ecc. 9:11). 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: Crocodili lacrimae: Crocodiles teares. A proverbe applied unto them which hating an other man, whom they woulde destroye or have destroyed, they will seme to be sorye for hem. It ys taken of the propertie of Crocodilus the monstre, who beholding a man comming whom he would devoure weepeth, and after he hath eaten the bodye, he washeth the head with his teares and then eateth it also.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Gloria Nihil Est. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Auri caecus amor ducit in omne nefas.
The blind love of gold leads to every crime.

Fortis cadere, cedere non potest.
The brave man can fall but not fail.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sanctus Petrus et Rusticus, a wonderful Christian variation on the old fable of Heracles and the cart-driver, with Saint Peter in the hero's role (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Graculus et Columbae, a story about being yourself.

Graculus et Columbae

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: ἐγώ εἰμι ἰησοῦς ὃν σὺ διώκεις. Ego sum Jesus, quem tu persequeris. I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.