Sunday, January 3, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 3

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 tertium Nonas Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Facite iustitiam (English: Do justice).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In omnia promptus (English: Eager for all things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Viscum fugiens, avis in laqueos incidit (English: Fleeing the snare, the bird falls into the net).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Animae esurienti etiam amara dulcia videntur (English: To a hungry soul, even bitter things seem sweet).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Rhodiorum oraculum (English: A Rhodian oracle; from Adagia 2.6.44 - This refers to be seek guidance about a trivial matter; when the people of Rhodes asked an oracle of Athena whether to use bronzeware or stoneware in their rituals, along with other such questions, the divine oracle became indignant and answered: neither).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Νεκρὸς οὐ δάκνει (English: A dead man does not bite).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Mens Laeta, Cura Vacans. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Audio, sed taceo.
I listen, but I am silent.

Bene qui pacifice.
The man who lives peacefully lives well.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cervus ad Stabulum Confugiens, a story about how the owner's eye sees the most.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Lupus et Puer Mendax, the famous story of the boy who cried, "Wolf!" (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Puer Mendax

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