Friday, November 21, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 21

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 undecimum Kalendas Decembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cicatrix manet (English: The scar remains).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Fide et spe (English: With faith and hope).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ire catenatus nescit canis inveteratus. (English: The old dog cannot learn to go about on a leash).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Acti labores iucundi sunt (English: Work, once done, is pleasant).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tristior Areopagita (English: More gloomy than an Areopagite; from Adagia 1.9.41 - the Areopagus was the Hill of Mars in Athens, and the Areopagites were members of the court which convened there, hence proverbially grim, silent and gloomy).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὑπὸ παντὶ λίθῳ σκορπίος (English: Beneath every rock lurks a scorpion).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Faciam meo modo.
I will do it in my way.

Omnia sapientibus facilia.
All things are easy for those who are wise.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Leoni Cantans, a story about a boastful donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Senex et Vulpes, the famous story of the fox and the footprints leading into the lion's den.

leo et vulpes

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

leo, vacca, capra et ovis