Monday, January 15, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 15

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 duodevicesimum Kalendas Februarias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Sine timore (English: Without fear).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dolor voluptatis comes (English: Pain is the companion of pleasure)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nemo est supra leges (English: No one is above the laws... another proverb for our times and our "princeps"). 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 Aquila non captat muscas (English: An eagle doesn't catch flies; from Adagia 3.2.65).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Initium Est Necessarium. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Leonina societas periculorum plena.
The lion's company is full of dangers.

Parietes habent aures.
The walls have ears.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo Rex et Simius, a story that goes perfectly with the proverb above about how dangerous it is to keep company with a lion.

leonis conversatio fallax

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Mustela et homo, a story about self-interest: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de duobus muribus , the famous fable of the city mouse and the country mouse: Latin text and English versions.