Friday, June 10, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 10

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): ante diem quartum Idus Iunias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Rosa petit caelum (English: The rose seeks the sky).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Mendacium nullum senescit (English: No lie grows old).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Curis iactatur, si quis Veneri sociatur (English: Someone who associates with Venus is agitated with worries).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Memento dierum antiquorum; cogita generationes singulas (Deut. 32:7). 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: Nemo bene imperat nisi qui paruerit imperio: No man can be a good ruler, onlesse he hath been first ruled. Certes nothinge is truer, than this Proverbe, both because no Prince, no ruler, no maister, can wel do his office, onles he first were a subiect and under the correction eyther of his parentes, tutours, gouernours, or techers. And also because that a man muste first rule his owne lustes, and be him self obedient to right reason, ere he can wel gouerne other.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is De Vita et Morte. 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:

Acerba sunt bella fratrum.
Bitter are the wars between brothers.

Nihil dulcius veritatis luce.
Nothing is sweeter than the light of truth.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Uva, the famous story of the supposedly sour grapes (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Philosophus et Cucurbita, a philosophical and ecological parable.

Philosophus et Cucurbita

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. Αἲξ δοῦσα τὴν μάχαιραν. Capra gladium praebens. The goat is proffering the knife.