Saturday, March 15, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 15

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'm getting this out later than usual in the day, so those of you who read this via email will be getting it a day late I suspect.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Idus Martiae, the notorious Ides of March.

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.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Gratia referenda (English: A favor should be returned).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex granis acervus (English: From the grains, a heap).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Est avis in dextra melior quam quattuor extra (English: A bird in the right hand is better than four birds outside it).

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 Semper feliciter cadunt Iovis taxilli (English: The dice always fall lucky for Jupiter; from Adagia 1.3.9).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τότ' ᾄδονται κύκνοι, ὅταν κολοιοὶ σιωπήσωσιν (English: The swans sing when the jackdaws fall silent).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Haedus Saltans et Lupus, the story of a sly goat who escaped from the wolf (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Muscae et Mel, a fable about the dangers of sweets!


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: Αὐτομάτως ὁ θεὸς ἀνίησι τἀγαθά. Sponte Deus bona emittit. God freely sends forth good things.