Saturday, August 16, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Homo bulla (English: Man is a bubble ... and, as Varro explained, si est homo bulla, eo magis senex - if man is a bubble, all the more is an old man, i.e. more fragile and about to burst).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Spe labor levis (English: With hope, hard work becomes easy).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Macilenti pediculi acrius mordent (English: The lean lice bite more sharply).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Granum frumenti mortuum multum affert fructum (English: The seed of grain, when it dies, brings forth a great harvest).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Caunius amor (English: A love of Caunus; from Adagia 3.2.44 - This refers to an illicit love, such as Byblis had for her brother Caunus).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὁ δύο πτῶκας διώκων, οὐδέτερον καταλαμβάνει (English: He who pursues two rabbits catches neither one).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Minerva et Naufragus, the story of Athena and the shipwrecked Athenian, one of my very favorite fables (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pastor, Vestis Eius, et Oves, the story of a shepherd and his ungrateful sheep.

Pastor in Arbore et Oves

Words from Mythology. For more about the COLOSSUS of Rhodes and being COLOSSAL, see this blog post.