Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Aedificate alterutrum (English: Sustain one another!).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Vigilia pretium libertatis (English: Watchfulness is the price of liberty).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Currens per prata, non est lepus esca parata (English: As it runs through the fields, the rabbit is not a meal ready-to-eat).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui altam facit domum, quaerit suam ruinam (English: He who builds a high house seeks his own downfall).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Semper Leontini iuxta pocula (English: The Leontines are always drinking; from Adagia 1.3.22; when the tyrant Phalaris defeated the Leontines in Sicily, he subdued them by taking away their weapons and urging them to drink and enjoy themselves).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Πρὸ τὰς νίκης ᾄδεις ἐγκώμιον (English: You're singing the victory song before the victory... a military version of counting your chickens before they're hatched).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Felix Nemo Suo Iudicio. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Lupus et Canis Saginatus, the wonderful story of the wolf who prizes his freedom (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vultur Convivium Faciens, the gruesome story of the vulture's dinner party.

vultur et aves

Words from Mythology. For more about CERES and CEREAL, see this blog post.

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