Saturday, February 6, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 6

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 octavum Idus Februarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Heracles and the Bull; 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: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp — in other words, it smells like an all-nighter!).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post mala prudentior (English: Wiser after misfortune).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ubi leonis pellis deficit, vulpina induenda est (English: When the lion's skin fails, you need to put on the fox skin ... if not by force, then by slyness).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Discendum quam diu vivas (English: You should learn for as long as you live).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Porro a Iove atque fulmine (English: Far from Jupiter, and from his lightning bolt; from Adagia 1.3.96 — in other words, steer clear of people in power).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Παρὰ τὰ δεινὰ φρονιμώτερος (see the Latin proverb above: Post mala prudentior!).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Latent futura.
The future things are hidden.

Familiam cura.
Take care of your family.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a story about the god who helps those who help themselves.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Platanus et Viatores, a story of ungrateful humanfolk (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Platanus et Viatores

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: TEMPUS FUGIT AUGEBITUR SCIENTIA.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 3

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 Nonas Februarias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Iustitia omnibus (English: With justice for all).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Rerum Sapientia custos (English: Wisdom is the guardian of all things).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Hectora quis nosset, si felix Troia fuisset? (English: Who would know Hector, if Troy had been happy?). 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: Necessitati sapiens nihil umquam negat (English: A wise person does not ever refuse anything demanded by necessity).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Rex aut asinus (English: A king, or a donkey; from Adagia 3.5.41 — this saying means something like "you're either a winner or a loser").

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quod Non Sumus Mancipia Corporis. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Amicus cum vitiis ferendus est.
You must tolerate a friend together with his faults.

Virtuti sapientia comes.
Wisdom is a companion to excellence.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Feles, Mus, et Caseus, a fable with powerful political implications for our modern world... (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pater et Filii Litigantes, the famous story of a lesson in unity.

Pater et Filii (de Concordia)

Evan Millner's Fables. I thought you might enjoy Evan Millner's marvelous fable videos; they are available at YouTube: De Gallo.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 31

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): pridie Kalendas Februarias, the day before the Kalends of February.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Death of Lucretia; 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 Animum prudentia firmat (English: Experience strengthens the spirit).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Omnia fato fiunt (English: All things happen by fate).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Dulcior est fructus, post multa pericula ductus (English: The fruit is sweeter when it has been obtained by many perils).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Num custos fratris mei sum? (Genesis 4:9) 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 Conybeare: Herculis cothurnos: Was used for a proverbe, wherein a thinge of litle importance was set forthe with great eloquence, or other thinge solemne, more apte for a greater matter. As one shoulde put Hercules hosen on a childes legges. This is so comon a vice nowe adayes among students of eloquence that in writing and speaking, they seme to prepare the hose before they knowe the measure of the legge, whereon they will put it..

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quae Nocent, Docent. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Rara avis.
A rare bird.

Sicut mater, ita et filia eius.
Like mother, like daughter.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Herinacei et Viperae, a story about unwelcome houseguests.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sol et Ventus, a story about warmth versus bluster (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Sol et Boreas

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo Senex, Gemens, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

Leo Senex