Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 26

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 sextum Kalendas Maias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Non ducor, duco (English: I am not led; I lead).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Labore omnia florent (English: With hard work, all things flourish).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Te modicum iacta, quoniam probat exitus acta (English: Keep your boasting within limits, since it is the outcome which commends your deeds).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Unusquisque in arte sua sapiens est (Sirach 38:31). 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: Omnia idem pulvis: Al is one self dust or asshes. From earth wee came, and to earth wee shall. Yea the scripture saith that asshes wee be, and to asshes we shall reverte. Nowe amongest asshes or dust I pray you, what greate difference is ther? How will ye discerne the asshes of a Kinge, or an Emperour, of a Duke, of a great Bishop, from the asshes of a cobler, yea of a begger. .

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Omnia Mea Mecum Porto. Click here for a full-sized view. I'm sharing these with English translations at Google+ now too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Vino tempera.
Keep your drinking under control.

Vulpinatur cum vulpe.
Play the fox with the fox.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Olor et Anseres, a fable about the swan song.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Leonis Pelle Indutus, the famous story of the donkey in the lion-skin (this fable has a vocabulary list).

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἀρχὴ ἥμισυ παντός. Principium dimidium totius. To start is half of the whole.