Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 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 free PDF copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: #PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Nonae Ianuariae, it's the Nones of January!

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Omnia fortunae committo (English: I entrust all things to luck).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Alienis malis discimus (English: We learn from other people's troubles).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Cattus de caseo tarde depellitur eso (English: It is too late to drive the cat away from the cheese once it's already been eaten).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Ego vox clamantis in deserto (John 1:23). 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: Tuo te pede metire: Measure your selfe by your owne fote. The painters and carvers of images holde opinion, that the iust measure of everie man consisteht in seven of his owne fete. By this Proverbe wee be therfore warned, that wee dilate not oure selves beyonde our condition and state, neither yet esteme our selves by the prayses of flatterours, or opinion of the people or by favour of false fortune, but only by oure propre and true qualities.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Virtuti inimica voluptas.
Pleasure is an enemy to virtue.

Beatus est qui vivit ut vult.
Blessed is he who lives as he wants.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Iuppiter et Asini, a funny story about donkey biology.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mus et Leonis Gratia, and this version of the fable includes the hilarious ending about the mouse's ill-fated wedding (this fable has a vocabulary list) — you can see the mouse underfoot (underpaw) if you look closely:

leo et mus

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: ἀνεβόησεν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ Σουσαννα. Exclamavit voce magna Susanna. Susanna cried with a loud voice.