Friday, June 20, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 20

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 Iulias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Futurum invisibile (English: The future is invisible).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtus propter se (English: Excellence for its own sake).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Lupus non curat numerum ovium (English: The wolf doesn't care about the number of the sheep... he'll take what he wants regardless of how carefully you do the inventory!).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Felix qui nihil debet (English: Happy is the man who has no debts).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Aegypti nuptiae (English: The wedding of Aegyptus; from Adagia 3.1.3 - This refers to any tragic and unlucky event, like the sad wedding when King Aegyptus married off his fifty sons to the fifty daughters of his brother, Danaus, whereupon all the sons but one were murdered by their brides).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Δυεῖν ἐπιθυμήσας, οὐδετέρου ἔτυχες (English: Seeking two, you have ended up with neither).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Monedula Liberata, a sad story of unexpected consequences (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Anser et Ova Aurea, the famous story of the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Ova Aurea

Words from Mythology. For more about APHRODISIACS and APHRODITE, the goddess of love, see this blog post.

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