Friday, March 21, 2014

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 have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem duodecimum Kalendas Apriles.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Fatis imputandum (English: Blame it on the Fates).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex labore dulcedo (English: From effort, sweetness).

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).

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 Gygis anulus (English: The ring of Gyges; from Adagia 1.1.96 - you can read about the magical Ring of Gyges at Wikipedia).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Γνῶθι σ' αὐτόν (English: Know yourself).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Mulieres, a story about some women, their meal, and a hungry fox (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Accipiter, Milvus, et Columbae, a story about the foolish doves who chose a hawk as their protector.

Milvus et Columbae - Osius

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.