Sunday, April 12, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 12

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): pridie Idus Apriles, the day before the Ides of April.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Semper fidelis (English: Always faithful — and the Latin has been famously rendered as "Semper fi" in the Marine Corps motto).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Veritas temporis filia (English: Truth is the daughter of time).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Pardus maculas non deponit (English: The leopard does not set aside his spots). 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: Heu, quam miserum est discere servire, ubi dominari doctus es (English: Oh, how wretched it is to learn to serve, when you were schooled in rule).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Simia simia est, etiam si aurea gestet insignia (English: A monkey is a monkey, even if it's wearing gold medals; from Adagia 1.7.11).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Omnes filii Dei estis.
You are all children of God.

Nemo sine crimine vivit.
No one lives without doing wrong.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Graculus et Pavones, the story of a bird in borrowed feathers (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the fable of the lion's share.

leo, vacca, capra et ovis

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

Leo et Puteus