Saturday, August 11, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 11

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 Idus Augustas.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Psyche Awakening Cupid, 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 Adonidis horti (English: The gardens of Adonis; from Adagia 1.1.4; you can read about the Gardens of Adonis at Wikipedia). Here's a painting of the Gardens of Adonis by John Reinhard Weguelin:

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 Viribus Iungenda Sapientia. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Diversis diversa placent, et sua gaudia cuique. 
 Different people like different things,
and each person has their own pleasures.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.
If you want peace, be ready for war.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Musca et mula, a story about who holds the whip: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De calvo et musca, another fable about a bold fly: Latin text and English versions.