Monday, April 4, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 4

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): pridie Nonas Apriles, the day before the Nones of April.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Cras mihi (English: Tomorrow [it will be] mine).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnium finis mors (English: Death is the end of all things)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Si rota defuerit, tu pede carpe viam (English: If your wheel's broken, you better make your way on foot). 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: Qui se ipse laudat, cito derisorem invenit (English: He who praises himself quickly finds a scoffer).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Ut canis e Nilo (English: Like a dog drinking from the Nile; from Adagia 1.9.80 - the idea being that because of the crocodiles, the dog has to drink on the run).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Paries Aures Fert. 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:

Scientia maximum vitae decus.
Knowledge is the greatest honor in life.

Signum pacis amor.
Love is the sign of peace.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Piscatores, a fable of monkey-see monkey-do (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vulpes et Uva, which is the origin of our saying "sour grapes."

Vulpes et Uva

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἐκ τῶν αὐτῶν τραγῳδία γίνεται καὶ κωμῳδία γραμμάτων. Ex iisdem tragedia fit et comedia litteris. Tragedy and comedy are composed of the same letters.