Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 26

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

I was really excited about something that happened this week: my Myth-Folklore UnTextbook got a nice write-up at SecularHomeschool.com. One of the reasons I put my materials online is because I hope they can be useful to others, and I was very happy that Kerry Jones thought the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook that I made for my class could have a more general use. :-)

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Carpe diem (English: Seize the day).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex flamma lux (English: From the flame, light).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Noli irritare leones (English: Don't bother the lions).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lupum auribus teneo (English: I've got the wolf by the ears — it's dangerous to hold on, and it's dangerous to let go).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Iovis sandalium (English: Jupiter's sandal; from Adagia 2.7.76 — This was a proverbial expression for some paltry object that claimed to be associated with a celebrity).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἔνεστι κἂν μύρμηκι χολή (English: Even the ant has its bile).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Maiori cede, sed non contemne minorem!
Yield to the greater, but scorn not the lesser!

Domus divisa contra se non stabit.
A house divided against itself will not stand.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vultures, Leo, et Aper, a story about vultures who take advantage of others' quarrels.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mustela et Lima, the story of a bloodthirsty weasel (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Mustela et Lima

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: TEMPUS FUGIT AUGEBITUR SCIENTIA.