Sunday, July 24, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 24

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 nonum Kalendas Augustas.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Ostendo, non ostento (English: I show; I do not boast).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Sapientia omnia operatur (English: Wisdom works all things).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Est piger agnellus, qui non gestat sibi vellus (English: The little lamb who doesn't want to carrry his own wool is lazy).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Quaerite et invenietis (Matt. 7:7)). 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: Quo semel est imbuta recens servabit odorem testa diu: A vessel will kepe long the savour wherewith it is firste seasoned. For this cause Quintilian counsailet us forth with even from our youth to learne the best thinges, sith nothing sticketh more fastly than that, that is received and taken of pure youth not yet infected, with perverse and croked manners or opinions. For verelie full true is our Englishe Proverbe, That is bread by the bone wil never away.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ad Ponticum. 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:

Fortis cadere, cedere non potest.
The brave man can fall but not fail.

Cave canem!
Beware of dog!


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis Vetulus et Magister, the sad story of a dog and his ungrateful master (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Struthiocamelus Perfidus, the story of an unreliable ostrich.

Struthiocamelus Perfidus

Words from Mythology. For more about DRACO and the English word DRACONIAN, see this blog post.