Thursday, April 28, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 28

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 quartum Kalendas Maias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Semper liber (English: Always free).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Littera custos historiae (English: Writing is the guardian of history).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est unusquisque faber ipsae suae fortunae (English: Each and every person is the maker of his own luck). 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: Stultum est queri de adversis, ubi culpa est tua (English: It's stupid to complain about difficulties when the fault is yours).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Camelus desiderans cornua, etiam aures perdidit (English: Hoping for horns, the camel lost its ears, too; from Adagia 3.5.8, alluding to the famous Aesop's fable).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Domus Propria. 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:

Gratia referenda. 
 A favor should be returned.

Ubi pericula, ibi gloria.
Where danger, there glory.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Piscatores et Lapis Ingens, a story about life's ups and downs.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pirata et Alexander Rex, a story about pirates big and small (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Growth Mindset Memes. For more about this growth cat, see this blog post. Nosce te ipsum. Know yourself.