Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 11

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 tertium Idus Augustas.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Tempera te tempori (English: Adapt yourself to the time).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Nudum latro transmittit (English: The thief lets the naked man go).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Cum sunt matura, breviter pira sunt ruitura (English: When pears are ripe, they are soon to fall to the ground).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Unus introitus est omnibus ad vitam, et similis exitus (Wisdom 7:6). 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: Currus bovem trahit: Ye set the cart before the horse. This Proverbe hath place in thinges done preposteriously, cleane contrarilye, and arsy versy as they say. As for exemple, if a wife would rule her husbande, if the scolar woulde teache his maister, if the commons would tel theyr Prince what he had to do, finallie if the affection or sensualite would guide reason, as alake for pitie in these cases, and in many other more, it is oft seene.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vive Contentus. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Otium post negotium.
Pleasure after business.

Ferenda est Fortuna.
You must live with your luck.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Coclea et Iuppiter, a story about why the snail carries her home wherever she goes.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mors et Pauper, a story about the will to live (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Senex et Mors

Words from Mythology. For more about MORPHINE and MORPHEUS, see this blog post.