Sunday, April 26, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 26

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest, and there is also a LatinLOLCat Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Kalendas Maias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Medium certum (English: The middle way is reliable).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ars gratia artis (English: Art for art's sake).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Horrescit gelidas felis adustus aquas (English: The cat once burnt shudders at cold water).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Festucam in alterius oculo vides, in tuo trabem non vides (English: You see a bit of straw in another's eye, but you do not see the log in your eye).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ad Graecas calendas (English: On the Greek calends; from Adagia 1.5.84 - which is to say, never: the Roman calendar had "Calends" on the first of each month, but the Greek calendar did not).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὀυδὲ Ἡρακλῆς πρὸς δύο (English: Not even Hercules challenges two at once).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Claude os, aperi oculos.
Close your mouth; open your eyes.

Pax optima rerum.
Peace is the best thing of all.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Olor et Anseres, a story about the swan and its famous song.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Leonis Pelle Indutus, the famous story of the donkey in the lion's skin (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: SOLI DEO GLORIA.