Monday, February 15, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 15

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Finem respice (English: Consider the end).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sibimet merces industria (English: Effort is its own reward).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Qui vult caedere canem, facile invenit fustem (English: He who wants to beat a dog easily finds a stick).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit (English: Fawning begets friends, but truth begets hatred).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tantali poenae (English: The punishments of Tantalus; from Adagia 2.6.14; for more about Tantalus, see below).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Λύπης πάσης γίνετ' ἰατρὸς χρόνος (English: Time is the doctor of every grief).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Currus Mentis. Click here for a full-sized view. I've decided to start putting some English translations of the distichs at Google+.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Fac hodie: fugit haec non reditura dies.
Do it today: this day runs away, not to return.

Dives cui satis unus ager.
Rich is he for whom one field is enough.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Porcellus et Testamentum, a funny story about a pig's short-lived grief (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo et Pastor, the famous story of Androcles and the lion.

leo et pastor

Words from Mythology. For more about TANTALIZE and King Tantalus, see this blog post.