Monday, February 20, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 20

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 looking for free copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: Fables, Proverbs and Distichs — Free PDFs.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem decimum Kalendas Martias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Theseus and the Bull of Marathon, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Conabimur (English: We will try).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Nil sine numine (English: Nothing without divine power)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Errores medicorum terra tegit (English: The earth covers the doctors' mistakes). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Veneri suem immolavit (English: He's sacrificed a pig to Aphrodite; from Adagia 3.1.30 ... and this is not a good idea, of course, since Aphrodite is not fond of pigs, especially after a boar killed her Adonis).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Sciens cavebo.
Being aware, I will take care.

Audi, multa vide, multa loquare cave.
Listen, observe much; be wary of saying much.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Iuppiter et Serpens, a story about an unwelcome gift (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Homo, Concertantes, a great fable about who gets to tell the story.

Leo et Statua

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



Friday, February 17, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 17

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 or the Distich Poems Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Martias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Labore vinces (English: With hard work, you will triumph).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Vultu an natura sapiens sis, multum interest (English: Being wise and looking wise are not the same thing at all).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ulysseum commentum (English: A strategy worthy of Odysseus; from Adagia 2.8.79).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Rem acu tetigisti: Thou hast hitte the nayle on the headde, thou hast hitte the verye matter..

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Qui Amat, Uritur. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Volo, non valeo.
I want, but I am not able.

A deo rex, a rege lex.
From God, the king; from the king, the law.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Feles et Venus, a story of metamorphosis (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cervus et Cornua Eius, a fable about body image.

cervus et venator

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

0113 De vulpe et corvo

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 14


Web hosting problem reported and currently being resolved; widgets are not working at this time, and many images will be missing. I hope it will be fixed within a few hours!
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 sextum decimum Kalendas Martias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Misceo iocis seria (English: I mix serious matters with joking ones).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Patientia vincit omnia (English: Patience conquers all).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ut strasti lectum, super hunc sic vade cubatum (English: As you have made your bed, so go lie upon it).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Nolite esse solliciti in crastinum (Matt. 6:34). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Da veniam culpae.
Forgive the fault.

Ingenium mala saepe movet.
Genius often stirs up trouble.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pisces e Sartagine Exsilientes, a fable about the proverbial fish in the frying pan (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Pastor, the famous story of Androcles and the lion.

leo et pastor

Growth Mindset Memes. For more about this growth cat, see this blog post. Scribendo disces scribere. By writing you will learn to write.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 10


Web hosting problem reported and currently being resolved; widgets are not working at this time, and many images will be missing. I hope it will be fixed within a few hours!
Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Don't forget about the Latin LOLCat Randomizer, and there's also a LatinLOLCat Board at Pinterest.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Idus Februarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Origin of the Milky Way, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

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 Simia est simia, etiamsi aurea gestet insignia (English: A monkey is a monkey, even if it wears gold medals).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Noli esse iustus multum (English: Don't be too righteous).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Παρὰ τὰ δεινὰ φρονιμώτερος (English: Compare the Latin proverb above: Post mala prudentior... and δεινὰ sound even worse than Latin mala).

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


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Omnia bona desuper.
All good things come from above.

Pacem amo.
I love peace.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ceres et Rusticus, another fable of unintended consequences (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Musca et Quadrigae, a fable about a self-important insect.

Musca et Quadrigae

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: Ἄκρον λάβε καὶ μέσον ἕξεις. Ut obtineas medium summum cape. Reach for the top and you'll have the middle.


Monday, February 6, 2017

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 looking for free copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: Fables, Proverbs and Distichs — Free PDFs.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem octavum Idus Februarias.

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


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Sperandum (English: We must have hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Rerum Sapientia custos (English: Wisdom is the guardian of all things)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Arcum nimia frangit intensio (English: Too much tension breaks the bow). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Gallus in suo sterquilinio plurimum potest (English: The rooster can do much as he pleases on his own dungheap; from Adagia 4.4.25).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Fert Omnia Secum. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Contra vim non valet ius.
Justice is powerless against force.

Maiori cede, sed non contemne minorem!
Yield to the greater, but scorn not the lesser!

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ollae Duae, a story of mismatched friends (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a story of how the god helps him who helps himself.

 Hercules et Rusticus

Words from Mythology. For more about the mythological AEGIS, see this blog post.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 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 or the Distich Poems Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Nonas Februarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Andromache, Hector and Astyanax, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp, which is to say: it smells like an all-nighter because you've been burning the midnight oil).

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Ex vitio alterius sapiens emendat suum (English: A wise man corrects his own vices by observing the vices of others).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Acesias medicatus est (English: Acesias was his doctor; from Adagia 2.6.59... This refers to Acesias, a proverbially incompetent physician, whose patients would go from bad to worse).

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Herculis cothurnos: Was used for a proverbe, wherein a thinge of litle importance was set forthe with great eloquence, or other thinge solemne, more apte for a greater matter. As one shoulde put Hercules hosen on a childes legges. This is so comon a vice nowe adayes among students of eloquence that in writing and speaking, they seme to prepare the hose before they knowe the measure of the legge, whereon they will put it.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vitam Regit Fortuna, Non Sapientia. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Amor tollit timorem.
Love removes fear.

Aeternum sub sole nihil.
Nothing under the sun is eternal.

TODAY'S FABLES:

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vultur Convivium Faciens, the story of a grim dinner party (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pater et Filii Litigantes, the famous story of the bundle of sticks.

Pater et Filii (de Concordia)

Alchemical Latin Reader. Below you will find a bit of alchemical Latin, and for detailed information about the source, see this blog post: Pater eius est Sol. Mater eius est Luna.