Thursday, October 13, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 13

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 tertium Idus Octobres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Tandem tranquillus (English: At last, tranquil).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Dubium sapientiae initium (English: Doubt is the beginning of wisdom)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Gallus in sterquilinio suo plurimum potest (English: The rooster can do plenty in his own dungheap). 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: Deliberandum est saepe, statuendum est semel (English: Think about something often; make your decision once).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Mustelae crocoton (English: Like a wedding dress for a weasel; from Adagia 1.2.72 ... given that the mustela was the proverbial old maid, she has no need of a wedding dress).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ut Mater, Sic Filia. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Alit lectio ingenium.
Reading nourishes talent.

Inertia indicatur, cum fugitur labor.
When you avoid work, it means you are lazy.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Graculus et Avarus, the story of a miserly man and a greedy bird.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Crocodilus et Canis, in which the crocodile is, of course, being sneaky (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Canis et Crocodilus

Growth Mindset Memes. For more about this growth cat, see this blog post. Initium rerum gestarum desiderium est. Desire is the start of your accomplishments.