Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 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 quartum Nonas Septembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Vivis sperandum (English: The living must have hope).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas optima rerum (English: Freedom is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Est avi cuique nidus formosus ubique (English: To each bird, its own nest is always beautiful).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Inter os et offam multum interest (English: Much can happen between the morsel and the mouth).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tertius Cato (English: A third Cato; from Adagia 1.8.89 - This referred to an opinionated and unyielding person, following in the tradition of Cato the Elder and Cato the Younger).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει (English: An elephant doesn't bite a fly; see the bottom of the post for a graphic).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Nec Summus, Nec Ultimus, Sed Medius. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Timendi causa est nescire.
Ignorance is the cause of fear.

Contra vim non valet ius.
Justice is powerless against force.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hercules et Rusticus, a story about how the god helps them that help themselves (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Monedula et Pavo, a story about a peacock who wanted to be king.

pavo et pica

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει. Elephas murem non mordet. An elephant doesn't bite a mouse.