Monday, June 1, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 1

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

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Kalendae Iuniae, the Kalends of June!

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cui bono? (English: For whose benefit? ... one of the most important questions you can ask to find out what's really going on!).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Occultus, non extinctus (English: Hidden, not extinguished).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Vae miseris ovibus, iudex lupus est (English: Alas for the wretched sheep: the judge is a wolf).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non omnes homines sunt homines;non omnes episcopi sunt episcopi (English: Not all men are men; not all bishops are bishops).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Promeri canes (English: The dogs of Promerus; from Adagia 2.7.88. This refers to a legend that a certain Promerus had been wronged somehow by Euripides, and Promerus finally got his revenge by setting his dogs on Euripides, who killed him.).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὄφις εἰ μὴ φάγοι ὄφιν, δράκων οὐ γενήσεται. (English: Unless snake eats snake, it will not become a dragon).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Voluptate capimur omnes.
We are all prisoners of pleasure.

O quam difficiles sunt sine pace dies!
O how difficult are days without peace!


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Milvus Aegrotans, a fable of a hypocritcal bird.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Sol, a fable of global warming (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Ranae et Sol

Words from Mythology. For more about Sirens and sirens (the sound), see this blog post.