Monday, July 11, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 11

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. I've recently started a Board for the Distich Poems.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Idus Iulias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Fuge magna (English: Flee from great things).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtus prae nummis (English: Worth rather than wealth).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Expedit magis ursae occurrere, raptis fetibus, quam fatuo confidenti sibi in stultitia sua (English: It is better to run into a she-bear whose cubs have been stolen than to run into a fool who is confident in his foolishness).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sapientia vino obumbratur (English: Wisdom is overshadowed by wine).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Omnia sub unam Myconum (English: Everything buried under Mykonos alone; from Adagia 2.4.47 — This refers to how Heracles buried the defeated Giants by throwing rocks on them and those rocks became the island of Mykonos; since they were of various shapes and sizes, the proverb refers to a hodge-podge of things being put into one place.).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφαντα ἐκ μυιᾶς ποιεῖς. (English: You're making an elephant out of a mouse).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Bacchus Fonti Impositus. 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:

Nulla rosa sine spinis.
[There is] no rose without thorns.

Otium omnia vitia parit.
Leisure gives rise to all the vices.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vulpes et Pardus, a story about beauty.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Avara et Gallina, a fable about greed (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Mulier et Gallina Obesa

Growth Mindset Memes. For more about this growth cat, see this blog post. Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe. If the winds fail you, use the oars.