Saturday, September 3, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 3

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. In addition to the usual fare below, here's an item that comes in from Kate Gladstone (thanks, Kate!): 200-year-old mystery of Shugborough Code. Latin is involved!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Nonas Septembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Deianira and the Cloak, and there are more images here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Vivis sperandum (English: The living must have hope).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Vi vel suavitate (English: By force, or by sweetness).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Sunt asini multi solum bino pede fulti (English: There are many donkeys, except that they stand on two legs).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Inter os et offam multum interest (English: Much can happen between the morsel and the mouth, or "There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip").

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cannacae more plorare (English: To weep like Cannacas; from Adagia 2.8.19... Cannacas was a legendary king of Phyrgia who anticipated that a great flood would destroy his country and people, so he went to the temple and wept, begging the gods to avert the flood).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τὸ μὴν πῦρ ὁ ἄνεμος, τὸν δὲ ἔρωτα ἡ συνήθεια ἐκκαίει (English: As wind inflames the fire, so does intimacy inflame passion).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is De Munere. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Vinum animi speculum.
Wine is the mirror of the soul.

Mens alitur discendo et cogitando.
The mind is nourished by learning and thinking.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hercules et Rusticus , a famous fable of how the god helps them that help themselves (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo Senex, Gemens, a story of what happens when the mighty are fallen.

Leo Senex

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: Ἀλωπελίζειν πρὸς ἑτέραν ἀλώπεκα. Cum vulpe vulpinari. With the fox, be a fox.