Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 3

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 tertium Nonas Februarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Lucernam olet (English: It stinks of the lamp - in other words, it smells like you were "burning the midnight oil," doing sloppy work late at night instead of working during the daylight).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Corde et manu (English: With heart and hand).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Omnis echinus asper (English: The whole hedgehog is prickly).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Expectavimus pacem, et ecce turbatio (English: We expected peace, and behold, the whirlwind).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Sui cuique mores fingunt Fortunam (English: Each man's habits make his own Luck; from Adagia 2.4.30, with the goddess Fortuna as Lady Luck).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Σίδηρον πλεῖν διδάσκεις (English: You're trying to teach iron to swim... a proverbial fool's errand).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vita Quae Praeteriit. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nosce te ipsum.
Know yourself.

Hostem ita, qui fieri possit amicus, habe.
Consider your enemy as if he could become a friend.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Feles, Mus, et Caseus, a funny story about unintended consequences (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pater et Filii Litigantes, the famous fable of the father who uses a bundle of sticks to teach his sons why they need to get along.

Pater et Filii (de Concordia)

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

Vulpes et Uva