Sunday, March 8, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 8

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

For those of you who were wondering where I was over the past two weeks, it is a sad story, but an important one; my mother, who was in hospice care, has died, and it was a hard experience for our family: Morituris Omnibus.

While I was gone, something seems to have happened to the Feedburner email service, and about 2000 subscribers have suddenly disappeared. This has happened before, and I hope they will be restored soon. I'm not sure if they have really disappeared or not; I'll see what I can find out if the numbers don't go back to normal later this week.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Idus Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Beati mites (English: Blessed are the meek).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pax optima rerum (English: Peace is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Malo cani brevis tendatur copula (English: You should keep a bad dog on a short leash).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Hic aureo hamo piscatur (English: He is caught with a golden hook ... i.e. money has hooked him).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Haec ipsa erat Helena, pro qua digladiabantur (English: This is that very Helen for whom war was waged; from Adagia 1.3.69).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Θυμοῦ λόγος ἰατρός. (English: Speech is a doctor for wrath).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qui Amat, Uritur. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Domi manere convenit felicibus.
It behooves those who are happy to stay home.

Re magis quam specie.
The thing itself rather than appearance.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, a story in which the fox finds that she needs the wolf's help (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mula et Imago Eius, the story of a self-important mule.

Mulus Superbus

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Vulpes a Gallo Auxilium Implorans, with links to the audio and to the blog post.