Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 30

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Kalendas Iunias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cui bono? (English: For whose benefit? ... which is a great proverb to keep in mind as you ponder the political circus these days).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Is minimo eget mortalis, qui minimum cupit (English: He who wants least needs least).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne mihi Suffenus essem (English: I would not be my own Suffenus; from Adagia 2.5.12... Suffenus was a poet quick to criticize others with no awareness of his own faults).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Canis vindictam: A dogge hath a day. There is none so vile nor simple a person, but at one time or other may avenge him self of wronges done unto him. Wherfore it is a wise mans part to contemne no man.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qui Petit Immeritum. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Modum nescit ponere voluptas.
Pleasure knows not how to set limits.

Luna oculus noctis.
The moon is the eye of the night.


Instead of sharing any Latin fables today, I wanted to let you know about a new project I'm working on this summer: an English Aesop project. You can see the blog here: Aesop's Books. I'm focusing on English fables, but this can be a good resource for Latin teachers and students also. I've written up a couple of blogs posts here and here about the project, and I'll be adding lots more books as the summer progresses!