Monday, April 30, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 30

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 Kalendas Maias, the day before the Kalends of May.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Caute, nec timide (English: Cautiously, not fearfully).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is In magno magni capiuntur flumine pisces (English: In the big river you can catch big fish).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Hylam vocat (English: He's calling out to Hylas ... and "he" would be Hercules, who will sadly receive no reply because the nymphs have taken Hylas for this own).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τοῖς σεαυτοῦ πτεροῖς ἥλως (English: You have been caught with your own feathers, like the poor eagle in Aesop's fable).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ratio Regina, Natura Mater. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Bene legere saecla vincere.
To read well is to conquer the centuries.

Crescit scribendo scribendi studium.
A zeal for writing grows by writing.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Aquila et cornix, a story about an unfortunate tortoise: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De monte parturiente, a story about fake news: Latin text and English versions.