Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 6

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 Nonas Maias, the day before the Nones of May.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Hactenus invictus (English: Thus far, unconquered).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus optima medicina (English: Time is the best medicine)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Amicus omnibus, amicus nemini (English: A friend to all, a friend to none). 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: Paucorum est intellegere, quid celet deus (English: It's for only a few to know what God has concealed).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is E squilla non nascitur rosa (English: A rose is not born from a shrimp; from Adagia 2.3.93).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Sic Mihi Vita. 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 Simiae Saltantes, a funny little story about how monkeys will always be monkeys.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Alauda, Pulli, et Agri Dominus, the story, found in Ennius, that tells about a wise mother bird (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Alauda et Pulli Eius

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: Ἄλλοτε μητρυιὴ πέλει ἡμέρα, ἄλλοτε μήτηρ. Ipsa dies quandoque parens, quandoque noverca. Sometimes the day is your mother, sometimes your stepmother.