Sunday, September 20, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 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 duodecimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Experto credite (English: Trust someone with experience).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nil sine causa (English: Nothing without a reason).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Unus interitus est hominis et iumentorum (English: Man and cattle have one and the same death).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Omne regnum contra se divisum desolabitur (English: Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Stupidior Praxillae Adonide (English: More stupid than the Adonis of Praxilla; from Adagia 2.9.11 - This refers to a poetess Praxilla who wrote a poem about Adonis in which Adonis foolishly said that the most beautiful things in the world were the sun, apples, and pumpkins; including pumpkins in that list made Adonis look so foolish that he became a byword for foolishness).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μὴ τέφραν φεύγων, εἰς ἀνθρακίαν πέσῃς (English: When you're fleeing the ashes, don't fall into the coals).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Audi, multa vide, multa loquare cave.
Listen, observe much; be wary of saying much.

Amor vincit omnia.
Love conquers all.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Mulieres, in which the fox accuses some ladies of hypocrisy (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Membra et Venter, the famous story of body's members' revolt against the belly.

Membra et Venter

Words from Mythology. For more about English COLOSSAL and the COLOSSUS of Rhodes, see this blog post.