Thursday, March 19, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 19

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 quartum decimum Kalendas Apriles.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Palma virtuti (English: The palm of victory goes to virtue).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Avarus semper pauper (English: A greedy person is always poor).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sapientis est mutare consilium (English: It is for the wise person to change his mind). 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: Malitia unius cito fit maledictum omnium (English: The wickedness of one soon becomes a curse for everyone).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Psaphonis aves (English: The birds of Psapho; from Adagia 1.2.100 - This refers to a man named Psapho who taught some birds to say "Great is the God Psapho!" and then released them into the wild; when people heard the birds, they started to worship a god named Psapho).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Galla Semper Fallit. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


Disce legendo.
Learn by reading.

Artes virtutis sunt magistrae.
The arts are the teachers of excellence.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Feles, Aquila, et Sus, the story of a treacherous cat who betrayed her friends the eagle and the sow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Fortuna et Puer, a story about Luck, and why she doesn't like the idea of us blaming bad luck for our own mistakes.


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