Posted by Masakim on March 21, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus posted by TheFallen on March 21, 2002
: : : See
: : : http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/8/messages/978.html
: : Hi!
: : Thanks for the response. Actually, that article is exactly where I first saw this proverb, but that still doesn't tell me what it's origin is...
: : Anyone?
: : Thanks!
: : Mario.
: To be brutally clear, it's a J.K. Rowling adaptation of an ancient proverb that is still with us, namely "let sleeping dogs lie", which was I believe around in much the same form in Roman times.
Yes, I think so.
The proverb "Let sleeping dogs lie" was used by Chaucer in _Troilus and Criseyde_:
"It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake."
It is also found in other European languages. For example, the Medieval French version is "N'esveillez pas lou chien qui dort."
J. K. Rowling may have changed a monosyllabic and mundane "dog" into a magical and mythical "dragon."