Thursday, November 27, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 27

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Scripta manent (English: Things that are written remain).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ratione, non vi (English: By reason, not force).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Simia quicquid agit, simia semper erit (English: Whatever a monkey does, a monkey she'll always be).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lux in tenebris lucet (English: A light shines in the darkness).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Dathus bonorum (English: A Dathus of good things; from Adagia 1.3.33 - Dathus was a proverbially prosperous colony, abounding in gold, on the shores of the Strymon river).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἰχθὺς ἐκ τῆς κεφαλῆς ὄζειν ἄρχεται (English: A fish begins to stink from the head... a metaphor for the body politic!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poem for today is Munera Grata. Give thanks on Thanksgiving, and always!

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Si vis, potes.
If you want (it), you can (do it).

Nihil dulcius veritatis luce.
Nothing is sweeter than the light of truth.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canes Duo et Os, a story of two foolish dogs and a third who is more wise (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Amatorius et Silvanus, the sad story of the lion in love.

Leo Amatorius

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

Leo Rex