Thursday, July 3, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 3

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 quintum Nonas Iulias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Victrix patientia (English: Patience is victorious).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Spe et labore (English: With hope and hard work).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Qui diligit ranam, ranam putat esse Dianam (English: The man who loves a frog thinks his frog is a goddess).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: A fructibus eorum cognoscetis eos (English: From their fruits you will know them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Quid non fies, profectus Arbelas? (English: What will you not be able to do if you go to Arbelae? from Adagia 2.8.17; The citizens of Arbelae in Sicily were notorious fools, so anyone with a brain who went to Arbelae would be sure to succeed).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐυτυχία πολύφιλος (English: Good fortune has many friends).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Pro Tempore Cede. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canes et Catulus Lupi, a story about a foolish shepherd.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus, Gallus, et Leo, the story of a donkey with a high opinion of himself (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Gallus, Asinus et Leo

Words from Mythology. For more about HARMONIA and HARMONY, see this blog post.