Saturday, October 22, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 22

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest, and there is also a LatinLOLCat Board. I've recently started a Board for the Distich Poems.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem undecimum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Veritas liberabit (English: The truth will set you free).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Omni liber metu (English: Free from all fear).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Multa novit vulpes sed echinulus magnum unum (English: The fox knows many things but the little hedgehog knows one great thing).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Divitiae si affluant, nolite cor apponere (English: If riches abound, do not set your heart on them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Lydus in meridie (English: A Lydian at noon; from Adagia 2.6.94 ... An allusion to the supposedly oversexed inhabitants of ancient Lydians, so eager in their pursuit of sexual pleasures that they would even indulge in such pursuits in the heat of midday).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἅμαξα τὸν βουν ἕλκει (English: The wagon is pulling the ox... which is the Greek equivalent of putting the cart before the horse).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Ni gradus servetur, nulli tutus est summus locus.
Unless you watch your step, the highest place is safe for no one.

Diluculo surgere saluberrimum est.
Getting up at dawn is the healthiest thing to do.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Talpa, Asinus, et Simia, a fable about how it's all relative.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Apicula et Iuppiter, the story of how the bee got its sting (this fable has a vocabulary list).

apes et Iuppiter

Evan Millner's Fables. I thought you might enjoy Evan Millner's marvelous fable videos; they are available at YouTube.