Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 9

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 septimum Idus Martias. Yes, the fabled Ides of March are approaching!

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Insisto firmiter (English: I stand steady).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tranquillo quilibet gubernator (English: When it's calm, everyone is a helmsman).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Auriculas asini Mida rex habet (English: King Midas has donkey's ears). 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: Nil non acerbum, prius quam maturum fuit (English: There is nothing that was not bitter before it ripened).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Camelus vel scabiosa complurium asinorum gestat onera (English: Even a mangy camel can bear the loads of many donkeys; from Adagia 1.9.58).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ars Remanet. Click here for a full-sized view. I'm sharing these with English translations at Google+ now too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Varietas delectat.
Variety delights.

Ito bonis avibus.
Go with good omens.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, in which the fox has to ask the wolf for help (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mula et Imago Eius., a story about a boastful mule, with a horse for a mother and a donkey for a dad.

Mulus Superbus

Words from Mythology. For more about the goddess Calliope and and the English calliope, see this blog post.