Sunday, April 6, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 6

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. As you'll see below, I've decided to start including some of the "English words from mythology" items that I've been creating for my classes; they are also at a Pinterest Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Idus Apriles.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Attamen tranquillus (English: Tranquil, no matter what).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Fames optimus coquus (English: Hunger is the best cook)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est avis in dextra melior quam quattuor extra (English: A bird in the right hand is better than four outside). 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: Cum ames, non sapias, aut cum sapias, non ames (English: When you love, you can't be wise, and when you're wise, you can't love).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Ab asino lanam quaeris (English: You're trying to get wool from a donkey ... and of course you will not succeed; from Adagia 1.4.79).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quod Tibi, Hoc Aliis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Luna et Mater, the story of the moon who wanted her mother to make her a dress (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ursa et Vulpes, a story about a hypocritical bear rebuked by a fox.

Ursus Superbus et Vulpes

Words from Mythology. For more about the word LABYRINTH, see this blog post.

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