Thursday, February 2, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 2

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 a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest or the Distich Poems Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Nonas Februarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Andromache, Hector and Astyanax, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp, which is to say: it smells like an all-nighter because you've been burning the midnight oil).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Ex vitio alterius sapiens emendat suum (English: A wise man corrects his own vices by observing the vices of others).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Acesias medicatus est (English: Acesias was his doctor; from Adagia 2.6.59... This refers to Acesias, a proverbially incompetent physician, whose patients would go from bad to worse).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Herculis cothurnos: Was used for a proverbe, wherein a thinge of litle importance was set forthe with great eloquence, or other thinge solemne, more apte for a greater matter. As one shoulde put Hercules hosen on a childes legges. This is so comon a vice nowe adayes among students of eloquence that in writing and speaking, they seme to prepare the hose before they knowe the measure of the legge, whereon they will put it.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vitam Regit Fortuna, Non Sapientia. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Amor tollit timorem.
Love removes fear.

Aeternum sub sole nihil.
Nothing under the sun is eternal.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vultur Convivium Faciens, the story of a grim dinner party (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pater et Filii Litigantes, the famous story of the bundle of sticks.

Pater et Filii (de Concordia)

Alchemical Latin Reader. Below you will find a bit of alchemical Latin, and for detailed information about the source, see this blog post: Pater eius est Sol. Mater eius est Luna.