Sunday, November 9, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 9

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 quintum Idus Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Meliora supersunt (English: The better things survive).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ne quid nimis (English: Not anything in excess).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ex verbis fatuos, ex aure tenemus asellos (English: We grasp donkeys by the ear, and fools by their words).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Homo ad laborem nascitur (English: Man is born to labor).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Phani ostium (English: Phanus's door; from Adagia 2.7.70 - Phanus was a blind man who made sure his door creaked so no one could sneak in, but his wife's lover simply entered the house by climbing up on the roof).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὸν τὸ ἑαυτὸν γνῶναι (English: It is a difficult thing to know oneself).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nos duo turba sumus.
We two are a crowd.

Dulce otium.
Leisure is sweet.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pulex et Abbas, the story of a perfidious insect (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Catus et Gallus, a story about a rooster who thinks he can reason with a cat... WRONG.

Feles et Gallus

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

Leo et Filius Eius