Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 25

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 octavum Kalendas Apriles.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Cadmus and the Dragon; 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: Ad astra (English: To the stars).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Historia magistra vitae (English: History is the teacher of life).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Patria sua cuique iucundissima (English: To each person, his own fatherland is the most agreeable). 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: Beneficia plura recipit, qui scit reddere (English: Someone who knows how to do favors will get more of them).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Rara avis (English: A rare bird; from Adagia 2.1.21).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Mente manuque.
By thought and hand.

Cave virum maiorem.
Beware the greater man.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ollae Duae, a story of mismatched friendship.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis et Umbra, the famous story of the dog and his shadow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Canis et Umbra

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Vulpes et Asinus Pelle Leonis Indutus, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

Asinus in Pelle Leonis

Monday, March 23, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 23

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 decimum Kalendas Apriles.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Pasiphae and the Minotaur; 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 Audio sed taceo (English: I hear, but keep silent).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Fato non repugnandum (English: You can't fight back against Fate).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Sis animo magnus, sis moribus agnus (English: Be a great man in spirit; be a lamb in your behavior).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Lata porta et spatiosa via quae ducit ad perditionem (Matt. 7:13). 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: Qualis vir, talis oratio: As the man is, so is his talke. The talke of honest men is honestie, the talke of knaves is knaverie.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Mala vita, mali mores.
Wicked life, wicked habits.

Abundans cautela non nocet.
Extreme caution does no harm.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Monachi et Abbates, a funny story about how things go from bad to worse for some frustrated monks (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rusticus et Coluber, a story about how no good deed goes unpunished.

rusticus et coluber

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Vulpes et Vir Fluctus Numerans, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 21

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 duodecimum Kalendas Apriles.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Heracles and Alcestis; 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: Mundus transit (English: The world passes away).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Fortuna et labore (English: With luck and hard work).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Rana in paludem ex throno resilit auro (English: The frog leaps from the golden throne into the swamp ... in other words: you can take the frog out of the swamp, but you can't take the swamp out of the frog!).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Audiens sapiens sapientior erit (English: The wise man who listens will be wiser).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Noctuae vos non relinquent Laurioticae (English: The owls of Laurios will never desert you; from Adagia 2.8.31 - Laurios was a wealthy region, rich in gold, and they stamped owls on their coins; hence, the saying means that you will always be wealthy.)

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Πόλλ' οἶδ' ἀλώπηξ, ἀλλ' ἐχῖνος ἓν μέγα (English: The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Cave ab eo quem non nosti.
Beware of someone you don't know.

Perge audacter.
Go boldly.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Mulieres, a funny little story about a hungry fox (this fable has a vocabulary list). By chance, this is also Justin's audio fable for today; see below.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Accipiter, Milvus, et Columbae, a fable about avian politics.

Milvus et Columbae - Osius

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