Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 8

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 Idus Apriles.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Grata novitas (English: Novelty is pleasing).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Spes ultima dea (English: Hope is the last goddess ... this saying is a personal favorite of mine!).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Cave tibi a cane muto et aqua silenti (English: Watch out for the dog who does not bark and the body of water that makes no noise).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non in solo pane vivit homo (English: Man does not live by bread alone).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Zaleuci lex (English: A law of Zaleucus; from Adagia 2.10.63 - Zaleucus of Locris was supposedly the author of the first Greek law code, which was proverbial for its severity; for example, if someone was convicted of adultery, their eyes were gouged out as punishment).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὄνος λύρας ἀκούων κινεῖ τὰ ὦτα (English: Listening to the lyre, the donkey moves his ears... as if he could appreciate the music!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Similis Similem Sibi Quaerit. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Amor mundum fecit.
Love made the world.

Somnus est frater mortis.
Sleep is the brother of death.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Luna et Mater, the story of what happened when the moon's mother tried to make her a dress (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Camelus Primo Conspicatus, a story about fear of the unknown.

Camelus (de familiaritate)

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