Monday, August 4, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 4

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): pridie Nonas Augustas, the day before the Nones of August.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Scientia nobilitat (English: Knowledge ennobles).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Labor ipse voluptas (English: Labor itself is a pleasure).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Irritare canem noli dormire volentem (English: Do not irritate a dog who wants to sleep).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui seminat ventum, turbinem metet (English: He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Mutus Hipparchion (English: Silent Hipparchion; from Adagia 2.7.93 - This refers to a famous lyre-player, Hipparchion, who developed a sudden case of stage fright, which became proverbial for sudden silence at a critical moment).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀνάγκῃ οὐδὲ θεοὶ μάχονται (English: Not even the gods can fight against necessity).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Feles, Mus, et Caseus, a story about a cure worse than the disease (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, in which the fox has need of the wolf's help sooner rather than later!

Vulpes in Puteo et Lupus

Words from Mythology. For more about AURORA, see this blog post.

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