Friday, May 20, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 20

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 tertium decimum Kalendas Iunias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Domus optima (English: Home is best).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Scite, citissime, certe (English: Skillfully, swiftly, and surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ulula cum lupis, cum quibus esse cupis (English: Howl with the wolves if you want to be one of them).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Requiesce, comede, bibe, epulare (English: Rest, eat, drink, party!).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Magis sibi placet, quam Peleus in machaera (English: He is more pleased with himself than Peleus with his sword; from Adagia 2.8.26 - The gods had bestowed on Peleus a marvelous sword forged by Vulcan himself).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μὴ πῦρ ἐπὶ πῦρ (English: Don't add fire to the fire).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Via Mortis. 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:

Quantum potes, tantum aude.
Dare to do as much as you can do.

Dulcior est fructus post multa pericula ductus.
Sweeter is the fruit obtained after many dangers.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Castor et Venator, the story of the beaver's self-sacrifice (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Furens et Caprea, in which the goat laments how dangerous lions can be... and see the proverb below for more about lions!

Leo Mente Captus et Caprea

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἐκ τῶν ὀνύχων τὸν λέοντα. Ex unguibus leonem. You know the lion by its claws.