Saturday, March 10, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 10

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'm still in the midst of family stuff, but I'll start posting more regularly again ... eventually!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Idus Martias.

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


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

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Multa ignoscendo fit potens potentior (English: By forgiving many things, the powerful man becomes more powerful).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Haec ipsa erat Helena, pro qua digladiabantur (English: This is that very Helen for whom war was waged; from Adagia 1.3.69).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Optat ephippia bos piger, optat arare caballus: The slow oxe wishes for the sadle, and the gelding to eare the ground. No man is contented with his lotte, the courtier woulde dwell in the countrey, the dweller in the countrey woulde be a courtier, the bachiller wishes him self maried, and when he is maried, he would be unmaried.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Non timeo, sed caveo.
I am not afraid, but I am cautious.

Liber medicina animi.
A book is medicine for the soul.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Ranae metuentes taurorum proelia, a story about perils faced by the little folk: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de milvo infirmo et matre , a story about death-bed repentance: Latin text and English versions.

And here is a new Latin LOLBaby! See the blog post.