Friday, January 1, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Kalendae Ianuariae, the Kalends of January!

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Depressus extollor (English: When pushed down, I rise up).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Mors ultima ratio (English: Death is the final reckoning).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Tempus est optimus iudex (English: Time is the best judge). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Malefacere qui vult, numquam non causam invenit (English: Someone who wants to do wrong never fails to find a reason).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Auribus lupum teneo (English: I'm holding the wolf by the ears; from Adagia 1.5.25 — it's dangerous to hold on and it's dangerous to let go!).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Dura domina cupiditas.
Passion is a harsh mistress.

Experto credite.
Trust the expert.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Gallus et Fures, the story of a loud-mouthed rooster.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis in Praesepe et Bos, the famous story of the dog in the manger (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo, Vulpes, et Simius, with links to the audio and to the blog post.