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MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Oedipus at Colonus; 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: Proteo mutabilior (English: More changing than Proteus).
3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Vigilia pretium libertatis (English: Watchfulness is the price of liberty).
ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ex auribus cognoscitur asinus (English: You recognize a donkey by the ears - alluding to the famous fable of the donkey in the lion's skin).
POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui altam facit domum, quaerit suam ruinam (English: He who builds a high house seeks his own downfall).
PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Omnia sub unam Myconum (English: XXX; from Adagia 2.4.47 - this saying refers to how Heracles buried the defeated Giants by throwing rocks on them and those rocks became the island of Mykonos; since those last Giants were of various shapes and sizes, the proverb refers to a hodge-podge of things being put into one place).
GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τὴν ἅλμην κυκᾷς, πρὶν τοὺς ἰχθύας ἑλεῖν (English: You're mixing the fish-sauce before you've caught the fish - kind of like counting your chickens before they're hatched, but with fish instead of chicken).
TODAY'S FABLES and STORIES:
ANECDOTE OF THE DAY: Today's anecdote is Phaeton, who wanted to drive the sun god's fiery chariot.
FABULAE FACILES WIDGET: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Avarus et Poma Marcescentia, a wonderful story about a greedy old man, his good-natured son and their apple orchard (this fable has a vocabulary list).
AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Lazy Housemaids, a hilarious story about unintended consequences.
MILLE FABULAE WIDGET: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rana et Bos, the story of a self-important frog.
MILLE FABULAE: Here's a favorite fable from Mille Fabulae et Una: Vulpes et Uva, the story of the (allegedly) sour grapes: Vulpes, extrema fame coacta, uvam appetebat, ex alta vite dependentem. Quam cum summis viribus saliens attingere non posset, tandem discedens, “Nondum matura est,” inquit; “nolo acerbam sumere.”