Thursday, September 17, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 17

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Meliora speranda (English: Better things can be hoped for).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus rerum imperator (English: Time is the ruler of things).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Excelsior! (English: Higher!). 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: Incertus animus dimidium est sapientiae (English: A mind that doubts is halfway to wisdom).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Multi qui boves stimulent, pauci aratores (English: Many are those who drive the oxen, but few are the real ploughmen; from Adagia 1.7.9).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Volo, non valeo.
I want, but I am not able.

A deo rex, a rege lex.
From God, the king; from the king, the law.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mus, Catus, et Gallus, a story about how appearances can be deceiving.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Oves Timidae et Pastor, in which a shepherd tries to inspire some bravery in his sheep (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Pastor et Grex

Amy Burvall's History for Music Lovers. Here is today's delightful video from Amy: Cleopatra, which you can watch at YouTube also.