Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 20

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 decimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Domus optima (English: Home is best).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Scite, citissime, certe (English: Skillfully, swiftly, and surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ulula cum lupis, cum quibus esse cupis (English: Howl with the wolves if you want to be one of them).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Annus fructificat, non tellus (English: The year brings the harvest, not the land).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Stentore clamosior (English: Louder than Stentor ... and from the name of this Greek herald, we get the word "stentorian," meaning loud; from Adagia 2.3.37).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μὴ πῦρ ἐπὶ πῦρ (English: Don't add fire to fire).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nulli inimicus ero.
I will be an enemy to no one.

Nil melius laetam quam semper ducere vitam.
Nothing is better than to lead a happy life always.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pastor et Lupus Familiaris, the story of a shepherd who foolishly trusted a wolf.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Quercus et Iuppiter, a story of trees that are their own worst enemy (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Arbores et Securis

Words from Mythology. For more about PANIC and the god PAN, see this blog post.