Sunday, September 24, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 24

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 have a fun announcement today! It's a beautifully illustrated Aesop book with fables and thoughts from John Lubans, plus gorgeous illustrations by Beatrice Coron: Fables for Leaders. You can also find out more at John's blog: Lubans.org.


HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nil recrastines (English: Do not put off till tomorrow).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Tam deest avaro, quod habet, quam quod non habet (English: The miser lacks both what he has as well as what he doesn't).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Stupidior Praxillae Adonide (English: More stupid than the Adonis of Praxilla; from Adagia 2.9.11 ... This refers to a poetess Praxilla who wrote a poem about Adonis in which Adonis foolishly said that the most beautiful things in the world were the sun, apples, and pumpkins; including pumpkins in that list made Adonis look so foolish that he became a byword for foolishness).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Jugulare mortuos: To kill dead menne. A proverbe applied to them which doe speake or write to the rebuke of menne that are deade, or as Erasmus doeth thinke it more apte, it may be sayed by them that impugne a boke, which is of all menne condemned, or reasoneth agaynst sentence of all menne reiected, or disprayseth a thinge which is of all menne abhorred.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Quod satis est, dormi.
Sleep as much as is enough.

Egomet sum mihi imperator.
I am my own boss.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Ursus et Amici Duo, a story of false friendship, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif:



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 17

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Non deest spes (English: There is no lack of hope ... and see also the poem about hope below).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Caritas omnia potest (English: Love can do all things).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Damna fleo rerum, sed plus fleo damna dierum (English: I weep for things lost, but I weep more for days lost).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Qui fodit foveam, incidet in eam; et qui volvit lapidem, revertetur ad eumX (Proverbs 26:27). 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 Spes Me Erigit. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Veloces sunt latronum pedes.
Swift are the feet of thieves.

Sedendo et quiescendo anima efficitur sapiens.
By sitting and resting, the soul is made wise.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Mures Duo, the famous story of the city mouse and the country mouse, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif:




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 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.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Idus Septembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Cito, tuto, iucunde (English: Swiftly, safely, and happily).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Leonina societas periculorum plena (English: Alliance with a lion is full of dangers).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Caritas perfecta foras mittit timorem (English: Perfect love drives fear out of doors).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μὴ κίνει κακὸν εὐ κείμενον (English: Don't move a bad thing that is well situated).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Nil melius laetam quam semper ducere vitam.
Nothing is better than to lead a happy life always.

Domus divisa contra se non stabit.
A house divided against itself will not stand.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Corvus et Vulpes Adulatrix, the famous story about the dangers of flattery, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif:



Monday, September 4, 2017

Special Edition: Dies Laboris - Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, consider the motto of Oklahoma, "Labor conquers all," Labor omnia vincit in Latin.

LABOR OMNIA VINCIT




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And some cats too of course:


Decus in labore.
There is dignity in work.



Labor ferendus est cibum petentibus.
Work must be endured by those seeking food.



Labor omnia superat.
Hard work overcomes all things.



Labore et scientia.
By means of effort and knowledge.



Ex labore dulcedo.
After effort, sweetness.



And a poster:


You be a worker, and God will be your helper.
(Latin: Esto laborator et erit Deus auxiliator.)



Sunday, August 27, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 27

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 sextum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Fiat iustitia (English: Let there be justice).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Bellum dulce inexpertis (English: War is sweet to those who have not experienced it).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Multum, non multa (English: Much, not many). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Mutuum muli scabunt (English: One mule scratches another; from Adagia 1.7.96).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Post nubila Phoebus.
After clouds, the sun (comes out).

Errare humanum, perseverare autem diabolicum.
To err is human; to persist, however, is devil's work.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Canis et Umbra, a story of greed and delusion, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Special SOL Edition

In honor of the eclipse tomorrow, I thought I would offer some items about the sun, SOL There are some proverbs, plus a poem:

Post nubila Phoebus.
After the clouds, sunshine.



Aeternum sub sole nihil.
Nothing under the sun is eternal.



Sol efficit ut omnia floreant.
The sun makes all things flourish.




Sol omnia videt et revelat.
The sun sees and reveals all.




More about the poem:


Just as the spring rose grows (veluti rosa verna virescit) at the sight of the sun (solis ad adspectum), so I will flourish (sic ego florebo), with God looking upon me (prospiciente Deo).


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 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 Augustae, the Ides of August.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

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 Bocchyris iudicium (English: The judgment of Bocchyris; from Adagia 2.7.65 ... A man had a sexual dream about a prostitute, and the prostitute demanded he pay her for dream services; King Bocchyris of Egypt ruled that the money be put into a basin and shaken around so that the prostitute could enjoy the look of the coin and thus be satisfied appropriately).

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 Spes Una. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Nolite fieri servi hominum.
Become not slaves of men.

Parentes cole, atque eorum voluntati pare.
Cherish your parents, and be obedient to their will.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Vulpes et Uva, the famous story of the sour grapes, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 7

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I was out of town last week for one final summer excursion... now it's time to hunker down and get ready for classes!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum Idus Augustas.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Sapiens dominabitur astris (English: A wise person will master the stars).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Stet fortuna domus (English: May this house be prosperous).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Mortis linque metus, si tu vis vivere laetus (English: Put aside any fears of death, if you want to live happily).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Usque ad mortem certa pro iustitia (Sirach 4:28). 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 Spes Proxima. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Claude os, aperi oculos.
Close your mouth; open your eyes.

Tu dormis et tempus ambulat.
You are sleeping and time walks on.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Mus et Leo, a fable of gratitude, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif:

And here is Latin LOLBaby (Enzo) with a fun blog post: Ubi libertas, ibi patria.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 29

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 quartum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Paulatim, sed firmiter (English: Slowly but surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Scit multa vulpes, magnum echinus unicum (English: The fox knows many things; the hedgehog knows one big thing).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Argento obediunt omnia (English: All things obey the coin).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Καιρὸς ψυχὴ πράγματος (English: The right moment is the soul of the deed).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Omnes filii Dei estis.
You are all children of God.

Nemo sine crimine vivit.
No one lives without crime.

TODAY'S FABLE:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Ranae et Iuppiter, in which the frogs ask for a king, with English versions here; you will also find the illustrations there which display in this animated gif: