Saturday, February 6, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 6

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 octavum Idus Februarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp — in other words, it smells like an all-nighter!).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post mala prudentior (English: Wiser after misfortune).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ubi leonis pellis deficit, vulpina induenda est (English: When the lion's skin fails, you need to put on the fox skin ... if not by force, then by slyness).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Discendum quam diu vivas (English: You should learn for as long as you live).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Porro a Iove atque fulmine (English: Far from Jupiter, and from his lightning bolt; from Adagia 1.3.96 — in other words, steer clear of people in power).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Παρὰ τὰ δεινὰ φρονιμώτερος (see the Latin proverb above: Post mala prudentior!).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Latent futura.
The future things are hidden.

Familiam cura.
Take care of your family.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a story about the god who helps those who help themselves.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Platanus et Viatores, a story of ungrateful humanfolk (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Platanus et Viatores

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.