Thursday, July 4, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 4

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 quartum Nonas Iulias. And Happy Fourth of July to those of you celebrating the holiday!

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Non desistam (English: I will not desist).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Repetitio mater memoriae (English: Repetition is the mother of memory)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non faciunt meliorem equum aurei freni (English: Golden reins do not make a better horse). 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: Licentiam des linguae, cum verum petas (English: You must let the tongue speak freely if you want to hear the truth).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Equum habet Seianum (English: He's got the horse of Sejanus; from Adagia 1.10.97 - this was a very unlucky horse whose owners died: first he belonged to Sejanus, who was beheaded; then Dolabella bought him and he was killed by rebels in Epirus; the horse was then the property of Gaius Cassius, who also died; next, the horse went to Mark Anthony, who also died, and Sejanus's next owner, his last, drowned.).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vita Quasi Ventus. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canes et Catulus Lupi, the story of the shepherd who raised a wolf cub.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus, Gallus, et Leo, the story of an overconfident donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Gallus, Asinus et Leo

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: Αὐτὸς ἔφα. Ipse dixit. He himself said it.