Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 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 Februarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Aeneas and the Ghost of Creusa, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Beati misericordes (English: Blessed are the merciful).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum (English: No one ever reached the summit by being afraid).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Amyclas perdidit silentium (English: Silence destroyed Amyclae; from Adagia 1.9.1 ... Supposedly the people of Amyclae had once been disturbed by false reports of an enemy invasion, so they passed a law forbidding anyone to report an enemey invasion, which meant the town was easily captured when the enemy did arrive).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Festina lente: Make slowe haste: Soft fier maketh sweete malte. It is good to be mery and wise. This is spoken when a man will signifie a thing to be doen, neither to hastily, nor to slowlye, but in a convenient temperaunce.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quid Saxo Magis Durum?. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Arma tuentur pacem.
Arms protect the peace.

Semper fidelis.
Always faithful.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo Senex, Gemens, a story about how the mighty are fallen... and disgraced.

Leo Senex

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Canes et Corcodili, a story about a dog who does not fall for the crocodile's trick: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de corvo et vulpe, a famous fable about the power of flattery: Latin text and English versions.