Thursday, November 23, 2017

Bestiaria Latina: Special Thanksgiving Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to all! The Latin word gratia is very difficult to translate into English: it means thanks and gratitude and love and so much more, including grace ("saying grace" is saying "thank you"). You might take a few minutes just to look at the range of meanings: Lewis and Short.

And here are some Gratia-Cats you can enjoy for the holiday. :-)


Gratia gratiam parit.


GRATIA creates GRATIA.


Gratia referenda.


Return GRATIA for GRATIA.


Non gladio, sed gratia.


Not by means of the sword, but by means of GRATIA.


Beneficium et gratia vincula sunt concordiae.


A good deed and GRATIA are the cords of unity.


Gratia quando datur, studeas ut restituatur.


When GRATIA is given, make sure to do the same in return.


Super argentum et aurum gratia bona.


Above silver and gold, GRATIA is good.


In omnibus gratias agite.


In all things, do GRATIAS.



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 21

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 undecimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Ora et labora (English: Pray and work hard).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Spes dabit auxilium (English: Hope will give help ... but for a different take on hope, see the next proverb!).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Spes laqueo volucres, spes captat arundine pisces (English: Hope captures birds with a net, and fish with a rod).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Sol non occidat super iracundiam vestram (Eph. 4:26). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Frangit inertia vires.
Laziness saps your strength.

Nimium breves flores rosae.
Too brief are the flowers of the rose.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Unicornis, a story about a treacherous lion and a trusting unicorn.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Vulpis ad personam tragicam, a story about good looks: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de fure malo et sole, a story about evils that multiply: Latin text and English versions.



Monday, November 13, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 13

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): Idus Novembres... the Ides of November!

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Veritate duce, progredi (English: With truth as the guide, to move forward), which I just learned is the motto of the University of Arkansas.


ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ars varia vulpi (English: The fox has many a trick).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Pullus de nido avolat (English: The chick flies away from the nest).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὸν τὸ ἑαυτὸν γνῶναι, ἀλλὰ μακάριον (English: It is a difficult but blessed thing to know oneself).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Bis Dat, Qui Cito Dat. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Sic itur ad astra
This is how you reach the stars.

Sapientia gubernator navis.
Wisdom is the ship's navigator.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Equus, a story about the trickster tricked.

Equus et Leo Medicus

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Ranae ad solem, a fable about global warming: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de leone, vacca, capra et ove, the proverbial lion's share: Latin text and English versions.