Friday, February 22, 2019

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 22

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 octavum Kalendas Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nil time (English: Fear nothing).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Bonum quod est, supprimitur, numquam exstinguitur (English: Something that is good can be beaten down, but never destroyed).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Alia Lacon, alia asinus illius portat (English: Lacon is carrying one thing, but his donkey is carrying something else; from Adagia 2.2.86 ... Trying to avoid taxes, Lacon hid his honey underneath some barley, but the donkey slipped and fell, revealing the hidden honey).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit: Flatterie and folowinge of mens mindes getteth friendes, where speaking of trouth gendreth hatred. Such is now and ever had been the fascion of the worlde, that who telleth the trouth is for most part hated, and he that can flatter and say as I say, shal be mine owne whit sonne. Our Englishe Proverbe agreeth with the same, He that will in Court dwell, must needes currie fabel. And ye shall understand that fabel is an olde Englishe worde, and signified as much as favour doth now a dayes.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Alia dantur, alia negantur.
Some things are given; some denied.

Irritare canem noli dormire volentem.
Do not disturb a dog who wants to sleep.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is De vulpe et uva, a story about the supposedly sour grapes: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De quadrupedibus et avibus, a story about the battle between the beasts and the birds: Latin text and English versions.

And here is another Latin LOLBaby: Ecce, ambulat supra aquas.