Sunday, August 13, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 13

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): Idus Augustae, the Ides of August.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Beati pacifici (English: Blessed are the peace-makers).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Iniuriarum remedium est oblivio (English: The remedy for injuries you've suffered is to forget about them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Bocchyris iudicium (English: The judgment of Bocchyris; from Adagia 2.7.65 ... A man had a sexual dream about a prostitute, and the prostitute demanded he pay her for dream services; King Bocchyris of Egypt ruled that the money be put into a basin and shaken around so that the prostitute could enjoy the look of the coin and thus be satisfied appropriately).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Currus bovem trahit: Ye set the cart before the horse. This Proverbe hath place in thinges done preposteriously, cleane contrarilye, and arsy versy as they say. As for exemple, if a wife would rule her husbande, if the scolar woulde teache his maister, if the commons would tel theyr Prince what he had to do, finallie if the affection or sensualite would guide reason, as alake for pitie in these cases, and in many other more, it is oft seene.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Spes Una. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nolite fieri servi hominum.
Become not slaves of men.

Parentes cole, atque eorum voluntati pare.
Cherish your parents, and be obedient to their will.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Vulpes et Uva, the famous story of the sour grapes, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif: