Saturday, January 9, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 9

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): antediem quintum Idus Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Varietas delectat (English: Variety is pleasing).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post proelium praemium (English: After the war, the reward).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Felibus domo absentibus, mures saltant (English: When the cats are out of the house, the mice leap for joy).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus grows cold... or Without bread and wine, love grows cold).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Compositus melius cum Bitho Bacchius (English: Better matched than Bacchius and Bithus; from Adagia 2.5.97 - These were two of the great gladiators of Rome, and the proverb refers to a match between two equally talented and determined opponents).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Δὶς παῖδες οἱ γέροντες. (English: Old men are children once again).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nil sine numine.
Nothing (happens) without divine power.

Cuique suum studium.
To each his own passion.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Corvus Aquilam Imitans, the story of a self-important crow (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mors et Pauper, a story about being careful what you ask for, especially in matters of life and death.

Senex et Mors

Words from Mythology. For more about HYACINTH, the boy and the flower, see this blog post.