Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Nonas Iulias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Respice et prospice (English: Look back, and look forward).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Diversi diversa putant (English: Different people think different things).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Rex est mendicus, cui non est ullus amicus (English: The king is a pauper if he hasn't any friend of his own).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Funiculus triplex difficile rumpitur (Ecc. 4:12). 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: Si crebro iacias, aliud alias ieceris: He that often casteth shall sometime through one chaunce and sometime another. By this is signified that wee ought to assay and tempt a thinge often, and not to be forthwith wery nor discouraged, though at one time the matter frame not accordinge to our minde and expectation.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Solus Sapiens Dives. 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:

Scientia potentia.
Knowledge (is) power.

Pax optima rerum.
Peace is the best thing of all.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Lupus et Puer Mendax, the famous story of the boy who cried wolf (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mures Duo, another famous story: the city mouse and the country mouse.

Mures Duo

Words from Mythology. For more about MARTIAL and the god MARS, see this blog post.