Monday, April 11, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 11

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): ante diem tertium Idus Apriles.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Scienter utor (English: I enjoy things wisely).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Veritas temporis filia (English: Truth is the daughter of time)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est avis in dextra melior quam quattuor extra (English: A bird in the right hand is better than four outside). 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: Miserrimum est arbitrio alterius vivere (English: To live at another's man whim is the most wretched thing of all).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Sub omni lapide scorpius dormit (English: Under every rock sleeps a scorpion; from Adagia 1.4.34).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ne Bos in Lingua. Click here for a full-sized view. I'm sharing these with English translations at Google+ now too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Sapientia gubernator navis.
Wisdom is the ship's navigator.

Omnes una manet nox.
A single night awaits all.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the famous story of the lion's share.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ursus et Apes, a story about the dangers of being bad-tempered (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Ursus et Apes

Evan Millner's Fables. I thought you might enjoy Evan Millner's marvelous fable videos; they are available at YouTube.