Friday, April 15, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 15

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

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HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum decimum Kalendas Maias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Patientia vinces (English: By means of patience, you will triumph).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Spes ultima dea (English: Hope is the last goddess).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Canis vivens potior est leone mortuo (English: A living dog is better than a dead lion).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui ambulat in tenebris, nescit quo vadat (English: He who walks in the shadows knows not where he goes).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Claudiana tonitrua (English: The thunderbolts of Claudius; from Adagia 3.2.19 - This refers to Claudius Pulcher's invention of a stage device for making the sound of loud thunderclaps, and hence the phrase refers to someone who is very loud, but not really powerful at all).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ψωριῶσα κάμελος πολλῶν ὄνων ἀνατίθεται φορτία (English: A mangy camel can bear the load of many donkeys).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Cum Contentus, Tunc Dives. 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:

Mater crudelitatis ira.
Wrath is the mother of cruelty.

Sic itur ad astra.
This is how you reach the stars.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Crocodilus et Canis, a story about a thirsty dog at the Nile (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cornix et Urna, the famoust story of the smart crow... and it's science, not just a fable, as you can see at YouTube.

Corvus et Urna

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: CARPE DIEM.