Saturday, February 7, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 7

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum Idus Februarias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Sperandum (English: We must have hope).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Liber medicina animi (English: A book is the soul's medicine)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Arcum nimia frangit intensio (English: Too much tension breaks the bow). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Beneficium qui nescit dare, iniuste petit (English: Someone who doesn't know how to do a favor shouldn't ask for one).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Non curat numerum lupus (English: The wolf doesn't care about the number of flock; from Adagia 2.4.99... in other words: count your sheep, but the wolf will still take what he wants).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Dies Clarissima. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Latent futura.
The future things are hidden.

Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum.
The world itself is a huge temple of all the gods.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ollae Duae, a story of mismatched friends (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a story about how the god helps him that helps himself.

Hercules et Rusticus

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

Vulpes et Persona