Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 4

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): ante diem quartum Nonas Octobres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Non frustra (English: Not in vain).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Tempus optimus iudex (English: Time is the best judge)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Stulti est compedes, licet aureas, amare (English: It is for a fool to love fetters, even though they be golden). 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: Vincere est honestum, opprimere acerbum, pulchrum ignoscere (English: It is admirable to defeat your enemy, harsh to crush him, and a fine thing to forgive).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Asinus esuriens fustem negligit (English: The hungry donkey ignores a beating; from Adagia 2.7.48).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is In Domo Parva. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Omnis est rex in domo sua.
Each man is king in his own home.

Caelestia sequor.
I pursue heavenly things.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pavo et Grus, a debate about beauty.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo Iratus et Puteus, the story of a lion who is his own worst enemy (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Leo et Puteus

Freebookapalooza: Classics. Here is today's free book online: A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which contains the stories of King Midas and of Perseus, among others. The illustration is by Walter Crane: