Friday, June 12, 2020

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 12

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HODIE: pridie Idus Iunias

Unus lanius non timet multas oves.
A single butcher does not fear many sheep.

Tempore non omni non omnibus omnia credas;
Qui misere credit, creditur esse miser.

Omnia bona desuper.
All good things come from above.

Nosce te; nosce animum tuum.
Know yourself; know your soul.


Ursa et Vulpes
Latin version and English version(s)

Cervus et Amici Eius
Latin version and English version(s)


Unknown said...

Dear Mrs Gibbs,

What is the 1st person singular present and infinitive of pertrepunt which occurs in the proverb "pertrepunt, ubi domini absunt", thank you.

Laura Gibbs said...

perstrepo, perstrepere.

PERstrepunt, accent on first syllable

Rob said...

“All good things come from above“. How does this differ from “All things from above are good”?

Laura Gibbs said...

You CAN read the Latin that way, but the word order doesn't help that interpretation. "All things from above are good" would come out more like:
Omnia desuper bona
Desuper omnia bona
Bona omnia desuper
.... the idea would be for "omnia" and "desuper" to be adjacent. If they are split, "omnia bona desuper" then the word order is working against you. But it's possible; that's where you would use context to decide.

Rob said...

Excellent. Thank you for your helpful reply.