Friday, October 16, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 16

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. As you can see, this was a super-busy week for me, but I managed to get a Bestiaria round-up done at last!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Memento semper finis (English: Always keep the goal in mind).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Poetis mentiri licet (English: Poets are allowed to lie).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Os qui non claudit, quod non vult, saepius audit (English: He who doesn't close his mouth very often hears what he does not want to).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sicut fecisti, fiet tibi (Ob. 1:15). 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: Sui cuique mores fingunt fortunam: A mans owne maners doe shape him his fortune. Men commonlie when anie adversitie chaunce, accuse, or when they see other men to prospere well in theyr matters, they say it is theyr fortune. So they ley all together upon fortune, thinking there is such a thing called fortune that ruleth all. But surely they are highlie deceived. It is their owne maners, their own qualities, touches, condicions, and procedinges that shape them this fortune, that is to say, that cause them, eyther to be sette forwarde or backeward, either to prospere or not to prospere.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Sua cuique voluptas.
To each his own pleasure.

Rideo, ergo sum.
I laugh, therefore I am.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ciconia et Uxor Eius, a sad story of domestic violence in the animal world (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Aquila et Testudo, in which a turtle is her own worst enemy.

Aquila et Testudo

Words from Mythology. For more about SYRINGE and the nymph SYRINX, see this blog post.