Saturday, May 2, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 2

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 sextum Nonas Maias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Parum sufficit (English: A little bit is enough).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post spinas palma (English: After thorns, the palm of victory).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Unus lanius non timet multas oves (English: One butcher does not fear many sheep).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non nobis solum nati sumus (English: We are not born for ourselves alone).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cave Thoracem (English: Beware of Mount Thorax; from Adagia 2.4.52 - This refers to Mount Thorax, where the notoriously rude poet Daphitas was supposedly crucified for having written some poetry mocking the kings).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τοῖς σεαυτοῦ πτεροῖς ἥλως (English: You're taken by your own feathers, an allusions to the Aesop's fable about the eagle and the arrow).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Parentes ama.
Love your parents.

Otium omnia vitia parit.
Leisure gives rise to all the vices.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae Duae Vicinae, a story about life and its dangers.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cervus et Hinnulus Eius, a story about heart, i.e. courage (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Cervus et Hinnulus

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: QUA HORA NON PUTATIS FILIUS HOMINIS VENIET.