Thursday, June 26, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 26

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Kalendas Iulias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Intellegenti pauca (English: For one who understands, a few words will suffice).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In dubiis constans (English: In moments of doubt, steadfast).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Mus debacchatur ubi cattus non dominatur (English: The mouse parties when the cat is not in charge).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Beatum est potius dare quam recipere (English: It is more blessed to give than to take).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tithoni senecta (English: The old age of Tithonus; from Adagia 1.6.65 - which is to say, an old age that is not welcome because life has gone on too long, as in the legend of Tithonus, the lover of Eos, who was given eternal life... but not eternal youth).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Λύχνου ἀρθέντος, γυνὴ πᾶσα ἡ αὐτή ἐστι (English: When the light's out, every woman looks the same).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is De Bono et Malo. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Apes et Pastor, a story about honey... with a sting (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Formica Transformata, a great story about a man who became an... ant.

Homo Formica Factus

Words from Mythology. For more about ATLAS (the god) and ATLAS (the book), see this blog post.