Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 31

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): pridie Kalendas Septembres, the day before September begins.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Perseus on Pegasus, and there are more images here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Nil impossibile (English: Nothing is impossible).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Aquae furtivae dulciores (English: Stolen waters are sweeter)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Homo doctus in se divitias semper habet (English: A learned person always has riches within himself). 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: Levis est fortuna: cito reposcit, quod dedit (English: Fortune is fickle: she's quick to take back what she has given).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Furemque fur cognoscit, et lupum lupus (English: Thief knows thief, wolf knows wolf; from Adagia 2.3.63).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Tace Tu Primus. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae.
There is no great genius without some madness mixed in.

Sol oculus mundi.
The sun is the eye of the world.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canis et Faber, a story about selective attention.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis , the famous story of the lion's share (this fable has a vocabulary list).

leo, vacca, capra et ovis

Words from Mythology. For more about JOVE and JOVIAL, see this blog post.