Sunday, September 24, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 24

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.

I have a fun announcement today! It's a beautifully illustrated Aesop book with fables and thoughts from John Lubans, plus gorgeous illustrations by Beatrice Coron: Fables for Leaders. You can also find out more at John's blog:

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nil recrastines (English: Do not put off till tomorrow).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Tam deest avaro, quod habet, quam quod non habet (English: The miser lacks both what he has as well as what he doesn't).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Stupidior Praxillae Adonide (English: More stupid than the Adonis of Praxilla; from Adagia 2.9.11 ... This refers to a poetess Praxilla who wrote a poem about Adonis in which Adonis foolishly said that the most beautiful things in the world were the sun, apples, and pumpkins; including pumpkins in that list made Adonis look so foolish that he became a byword for foolishness).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Jugulare mortuos: To kill dead menne. A proverbe applied to them which doe speake or write to the rebuke of menne that are deade, or as Erasmus doeth thinke it more apte, it may be sayed by them that impugne a boke, which is of all menne condemned, or reasoneth agaynst sentence of all menne reiected, or disprayseth a thinge which is of all menne abhorred.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Quod satis est, dormi.
Sleep as much as is enough.

Egomet sum mihi imperator.
I am my own boss.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Ursus et Amici Duo, a story of false friendship, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif: