Sunday, July 31, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 31

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I'll be out of town this coming week, but then I'll be back in action in the second week of August, busily getting ready for school.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Kalendas Augustas, the day before the Kalends of August.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Herostrati gloria (English: The glory of Herostratus... which is more fame than infamy; you can read about Herostatus at Wikipedia).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Paulatim, sed firmiter (English: Slowly but surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Aliena capella distentius uber habet (English: The neighbor's goat has a more bursting udder... like "the grass is always greener").

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dum tempus habemus, operemur bonum (English: While we have time, let us do good).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Pasetis semiobolus (English: The half-penny of Pases; from Adagia 2.7.31 - Pases was a famous magician who would pay for his purchases and would then use a conjuring trick so that the coins ended up back in his own pocket.).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἅπαντα σοφοῖς ῥᾷστα (English: All things are easy for those who are wise).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vita Aliena Magistra. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Aut mors aut victoria! 
Either death or victory!

Nil melius laetam quam semper ducere vitam.
Nothing is better than to lead a happy life always.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Puer et Paedagogus, a funny story about an unhelpful teacher.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sol et Ventus, a story about persuasion (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Sol et Boreas

And now Enzo, the Latin LOLBaby, has a Pinterest Board! And Enzo's dad is planning a special series for the Rio Olympics...