Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 28

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. By a funny coincidence, three different people wrote this weekend asking for English to go with the LOLCats. I'm not keen on doing the English, but since it is already there at the Proverb Lab (where the cats live), I'll be copying that under the cats. I hope people will still give the Latin a try before looking! :-)

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Pelle timorem (English: Drive out fear).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post nubila Phoebus (English: After the clouds, the sun).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Avis matura vermem capit (English: The bird who hastens catches the worm).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nihil invita Minerva facies (English: You will not accomplish anything if Minerva is unwilling - that is, without the blessing of wisdom).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne Iupiter quidem omnibus placet (English: Not even Jupiter can please everybody; from Adagia 2.7.55).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀυτοῦ Ῥόδος, αὐτοῦ καὶ τὸ πήδημα (English: Let this be Rhodes, and let this also be your leap - from Aesop's fable of the boasting athlete).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Parum Habere Cum Honore. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Ad astra doloribus itur.
By means of suffering, you reach the stars.

Multa docet fames.
Hunger teaches many things.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Luna et Mater, the story of the ever-changing moon and her mother.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pavo et Iuno, the story of the unhappy peacock's petition to Hera (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Pavo et Iuno

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo et Tauri Duo, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

Leo et Tauri - Osius