Saturday, January 10, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 10

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest, and there is also a LatinLOLCat Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quartum Idus Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Varietas delectat (English: Variety is pleasing).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Iustitia et veritas (English: Justice and truth).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Sola apis excellit muscarum milia quinque (English: A single bee is better than five thousand flies).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres [bread] and Bacchus [wine], Venus [love] grows cold).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ubi sunt Theagenis plurimae pecuniae (English: Where all the great wealth of Theagenes is ... that is, nowhere; from Adagia 2.9.6 - Theagenes was a poor man who boasted about having lots of money, hidden away somewhere).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἰδοὺ Ῥόδος, ἰδοὺ καὶ πήδημα (English: Let this be Rhodes, and let your jump be here... an allusion to the Aesop's fable about the boastful athlete).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Deum Dilige Corde Toto. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Bibe, si bibis.
Drink, if you're drinking.

Nihil gratius est pace.
Nothing is more welcome than peace.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Viatores Duo et Bipennis, a story about sharing both the good and the bad.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Grammaticus, a funny little story about education (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Grammaticus et Asinus

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

leo et vulpes