Thursday, April 24, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 24

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 octavum Kalendas Maias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Achilles Receiving Weapons from Thetis; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Sursum (English: Upwards).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Longae regum manus (English: Long are the hands of kings)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Morborum medicus omnium mors ultimus (English: The last doctor of every disease is death). 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: Mori est felicis, antequam mortem invoces (English: You're lucky if you die before you beg for death).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Camelus desiderans cornua, etiam aures perdidit (English: Hoping for horns, the camel lost its ears, too; from Adagia 3.5.8, alluding to the Aesop's fable about the camel).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Divitiae et Simulacrum Sacrum, a paradoxical story about the favor of the gods.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Struthiocamelus Perfidus, the story of a two-timing ostrich (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Struthiocamelus Perfidus

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: QUA HORA NON PUTATIS FILIUS HOMINIS VENIET.