Monday, May 2, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 2

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 sextum Nonas Maias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Parum sufficit (English: A little bit is enough).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post spinas palma (English: After thorns, the palm = the palm of victory).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Echinus partum procrastinat (English: The hedgehog delays giving birth... but the little ones are more and more pricklier the longer she waits).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non nobis solum nati sumus (English: We are not born for ourselves alone).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cave Thoracem (English: Beware of Mount Thorax; from Adagia 2.4.52 - this refers to Mount Thorax, where the notoriously rude poet Daphitas was supposedly crucified for having written some poetry mocking the kings).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τοῖς σεαυτοῦ πτεροῖς ἥλως (English: You're caught by your own feathers, as illustrated in this Aesop's fable about the eagle and the arrow).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vita Felix. 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:

Nulli iniuria facienda.
Do wrong to no one.

Decus in labore.
There is dignity in work.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo et Tauri Duo, a story of divide-and-conquer (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae Duae Vicinae, a fable about two different frog lifestyles.

Ranae Duae Vicinae

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

Vulpes et Leo (de Familiaritate)