Sunday, July 20, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 20

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Iuncti valemus (English: Joined together, we are strong).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Ipsa scientia potestas (English: Knowledge itself is power)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nihil annis velocius (English: Nothing goes faster than the years). 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: Bonum est fugienda aspicere in alieno malo (English: It is a good thing to see what things should be avoided in another person's troubles).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Athos celat latera Lemniae bovis (English: Mount Athos hides the flanks of the great bull of Lemnos; from Adagia 3.2.90 - This refers to a fabled bronze statue of a bull on the island of Lemnos; even though it was enormous, it could be covered up by a shadow cast by Mount Athos, a full forty miles away; the proverb thus emphasizes how ranks of greatness are all relative).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qui Placere Laborat. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Corvus et Mercurius, the story of a perfidious crow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Alauda, Pulli, et Agri Dominus, the famous story of the mother lark and her chicks.

Alauda et Pulli Eius

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: Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει. Elephas murem non mordet. An elephant doesn't bite a mouse.