Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 2

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest, and there is also a LatinLOLCat Board.

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

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Orestes and the Furies; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Vivis sperandum (English: The living must have hope).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas optima rerum (English: Freedom is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Est avi cuique nidus formosus ubique (English: To each bird, its own nest is always beautiful).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Inter os et offam multum interest (English: Much can happen between the morsel and the mouth).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tertius Cato (English: A third Cato; from Adagia 1.8.89 - This referred to an opinionated and unyielding person, following in the tradition of Cato the Elder and Cato the Younger).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει (English: An elephant doesn't bite a fly; see the bottom of the post for a graphic).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Nec Summus, Nec Ultimus, Sed Medius. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Timendi causa est nescire.
Ignorance is the cause of fear.

Contra vim non valet ius.
Justice is powerless against force.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a story about how the god helps them that help themselves (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Monedula et Pavo, a story about a peacock who wanted to be king.

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GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει. Elephas murem non mordet. An elephant doesn't bite a mouse.





Sunday, August 30, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 30

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 tertium Kalendas Septembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Theseus and the Minotaur; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dulcis somnus operanti (English: Sweet is sleep for the one who labors).

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is Amico Hercule (English: With Hercules as my friend).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is one of the labors of Hercules! Maluisses cloacas Augeae purgare (English: You would have preferred to clean the sewers of Augeas). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Minus saepe pecces, si scias, quid nescias (English: You would make fewer mistakes if you knew what you don't know).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Furemque fur cognoscit, et lupum lupus (English: Thief knows thief, wolf knows wolf; from Adagia 2.3.63).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace.
Listen, look and be silent if you wish to live in peace.

Ne fronti crede.
Don't trust appearances.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the famous story of the lion's share (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus, a fable about a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Lupus in Pelle Ovis

Words from Mythology. For more about the Trojan hero Hector and the English verb "to hector," see this blog post.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

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. If you are looking for free PDF copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: #PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Kalendas Septembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Hylas and the Nymphs; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Dum vivo, spero (English: So long as I live, I hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Nummus nummum parit (English: Money makes money).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Quid iuvat adspectus, si non conceditur usus? (English: What is the good of looking at something if you're not allowed to use it?).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Moritur doctus, similiter et indoctus (Ecc. 2:16). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Taurum tollet, qui vitulum sustulerit: He that hath borne a calfe, that also beare a bull, he that accustomed him selfe to litle thinges, by litle and litle shal be able to goe awaye with greater thinges. One named Milo, was wont every day to beare a certaine way on his shoulders a calf. At length the calfe grew to a great oxe, his daily exercise made him still able to beare the oxe, when the oxe was now of an exceding great quantitie, ye see what maistries use worketh.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Amor tollit timorem.
Love removes fear.

Libros paucos legere utilius, quam multos habere.
It is more useful to read a few books than to have a great many of them.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Iuppiter, the story of the foolish frogs who wanted a king (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus et Persona Tragoedi, the story of the wolf who found a pretty face.

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Amy Burvall's History for Music Lovers. Here is today's video: Julius Caesar, which you can watch at YouTube also.