Friday, August 8, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 8

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 sextum Idus Augustas.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Spe expecto (English: In hope I wait).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dux vivendi natura (English: Nature is the guide of how to live)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Fortuna imperatrix mundi (English: Fortune is the empress of the world). 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: Fortuna vitrea est: tum, cum splendet, frangitur (English: Fortune is like glass: when it glitters, it shatters).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Rana gyrina sapientior (English: The frog is wiser than the tadpole; from Adagia 2.1.34).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ut Sis Tibi Amicus. 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 Mus et Leonis Gratia, a hilarious story that tells what happened to the mouse AFTER it freed the lion from the snare.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ollae Duae, the story of a dangerous friendship between two disparate pots (this fable has a vocabulary list).

ollae duae

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: Ἀεὶ γὰρ εὖ πίπτουσιν οἱ Διὸς κύβοι. Semper Iovis feliciter tali cadunt. Zeus is always lucky at dice.