Saturday, May 14, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 14

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 copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: Fables, Proverbs and Distichs — Free PDFs.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Idus Maias, the day before the Ides of May.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Ixion; 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: I shatter problems by means of patience).

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: Illum 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 Caeli enarrant gloriam Dei (Psalms 18:2). 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: Multis ictibus deiicitur quercus: With many strokes is an Oke overthrowen. Nothing is so strong, but by little and little may be brought downe. Wherfore yong men ought not to be discouraged by the greatnesse of an enterprise, so it be honest, for by continuance, seme it never so hard, it may be reclaimed and overcome.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Rustici Sunt. 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:

Qui pauca legit, pauca scit.
He who reads little knows little.

Multa docet fames.
Hunger teaches many things.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cervus et Amici Eius, and with friends like that, who needs enemies? (this fable has a vocabulary list)

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vulpecula et Tintinnabulum, a story about the power of rumor.

Vulpes et Tympana

Amy Burvall's History for Music Lovers. Here is today's video from Amy: Attila the Hun ("Here Comes the Rain Again" by Eurythmics), which you can watch at YouTube also.