Sunday, February 15, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 15

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Lauda finem (English: Praise the ending).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Forti nihil difficile (English: For the brave man, nothing is difficult).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Cattus saepe satur cum capto mure iocatur (English: A cat with a full stomach often plays with the mouse it has caught).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dominus pauperem facit et ditat (English: The Lord makes a man poor, and makes him rich).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Apertae Musarum ianuae (English: The doors of the Muses are open; from Adagia 2.7.41 — it refers to a person who is creative and quick-witted).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Γέρων ἀλώπηξ οὐχ ἁλίσχεται πάγῃ (English: The old fox is not caught in the snare).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vitam Regit Fortuna, Non Sapientia. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Labore et scientia.
By effort and knowledge.

Qui rapit, habet.
He who grabs, has.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sus Parturiens et Lupus, the story of a sow and an unlikely midwife (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cervus et Cornua Eius, a story about a mistaken body image.

cervus et venator

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