Sunday, April 9, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 9

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 quintum Idus Apriles.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Occasio premenda (English: Opportunity should be pursued).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Miserrimum est arbitrio alterius vivere (English: To live at another's man whim is the most wretched thing of all).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Zaleuci lex (English: A law of Zaleucus; from Adagia 2.10.63 ... Zaleucus of Locris was supposedly the author of the first Greek law code, which was proverbial for its severity; for example, if someone was convicted of adultery, their eyes were gouged out as punishment).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Avarus nisi cum moritur, nil recte facit: A covertouse man doth no man good, but whan he dieth. They that give them selves onlie to the hourdinge up of money, be profitable to no body while they live. Only theyr death bringeth pleasure and profite to theyr heyres and executours.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Virtuti Mors Nocere Non Potest. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Lege totum si vis scire totum.
Read it all if you wish to know it all.

Cum audace non eas in via.
Do not travel with a bold companion.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Olea et Cucurbita, a fable about taking things slow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ursa et Vulpes, a fable about hypocrisy.

Ursus Superbus et Vulpes

Growth Mindset Memes. For more about this growth cat, see this blog post. Discat, qui nescit, nam sic sapientia crescit. Let him learn who does not know, for in this way does knowledge grow.