Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 19

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting, and so is Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem undecimum Kalendas Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Lauda finem (English: Praise the ending).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Arte non impetu (English: By skill, not impulse).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Si equorum frenos in ora mittimus, omne corpus illorum circumferimus (English: If we place a bridle in the mouth of a horse, we can turn its entire body around).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Fatuus fatua loquetur (English: The fool will speak foolish things).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Novit haec Pylaea et Tyttygias (English: Pylaea knows these things, as does Tyttygias; from Adagia 2.7.57 - This referred to ill-gotten gains, as Tyttigias was a criminal who got rich by stealing other people's property and their slaves, and then selling them in Pylaea in Arcadia).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Γέρων ἀλώπηξ οὐχ ἁλίσχεται πάγῃ (English: The old fox is not caught in the snare).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Iuppiter et Serpens, a story about a snake who wanted to offer a gift to the king of the gods (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Homo, Concertantes, a wonderful story in which the lion gets the better of the man in a debate.

Leo et Statua

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: Ἀρχὴ ἥμισυ παντός. Principium dimidium totius. To start is half of the whole.