Saturday, February 2, 2019

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. 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 Nonas Februarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Vigilans et audax (English: Watchful and bold).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Fugiens ursum, incidi in leonem (English: Fleeing the bear, I ran into the lion... like "out of the frying pan, into the fire," but with animals).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Expectavimus pacem, et ecce turbatio (English: We expected peace, and behold, the whirlwind).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Σίδηρον πλεῖν διδάσκεις (English: You're teaching iron to swim, which is a proverbial fool's errand).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Suum Cuique Pulchrum. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Tu dormis et tempus ambulat.
You are sleeping and time walks on.

Claude os, aperi oculos.
Close your mouth; open your eyes.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Aesopus et Garrulus, a story about looking for a real man, as often told about Diogenes also: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De equo et leone , a story about the trickster tricked: Latin text and English versions.