Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 19

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 quartum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Orestes and the Furies, and there are more images here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Virtute quies (English: By means of virtue, repose).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Musica donum dei (English: Music is a gift of God)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Maximae divitiae non desiderare divitias (English: The greatest wealth is not to desire wealth). 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: Sero in periclis est consilium quaerere. It is too late to seek advice in the midst of dangers (English: It is too late to seek advice in the midst of dangers).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Midas auriculas asini (English: Midas has the ears of a donkey; from Adagia 1.3.67... alluding to the story of Midas and his barber).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Senex et Iuvenis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.
No one ever reached the top by being afraid.

Patientia vincit omnia.
Patience overcomes all things.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Delphinus et Pisciculus, in which there is nothing nice about the dolphine (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ursus et Apes, a story about the dangers of having a bad temper.

Ursus et Apes

I keep forgetting to include this fun article that Kate Gladstone shared with me: The Strange Victorian Computer That Generated Latin Verse.

And some of you might also recall a strange "device" for generating Latin verse that I shared here a few years ago: Steganometrographia.