Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 26

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 septimum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Fide laboro (English: In faith I labor).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omne initium difficile (English: Every beginning is difficult)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Edentulus vescentium dentibus invidet (English: The poor toothless person envies the teeth of the diners). 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: Minus saepe pecces, si scias, quid nescias (English: You would make fewer mistakes if you knew what you don't know).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Bubo canit lusciniae (English: The owl is singing to the nightingale; from Adagia 4.4.12 - a topsy-turvy proverb).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Fama Carissima. 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 Lupus et Presbiter, the story of the wolf who went to school.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Iuppiter, the story of the frogs who wanted a king (this fable has a vocabulary list).


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, an allusion to the Aesop's fable: Ἀετὸν κάνθαρος μαιεύεται. Aquilae scarabaeus obstetricatur. The beetle is playing midwife to the eagle.

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