Friday, April 14, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 14

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

I was out of town for most of this week at a fabulous meeting organized by CanvasLMS. Are there any Canvas users out there in the Bestiaria audience? I have never been a fan of learning management system software, but I am a fan of Canvas — and specifically the Canvas teacher community. So, this week Canvas brought a group of teachers to their headquarters in Utah, which is where I saw this HOC EST STULTUM poster.

We trust you to do your job and to do it well. We hold you accountable and hope you hold us accountable. We have a clear "TELL US IF WE'RE DOING SOMETHING STUPID" policy. 

Isn't that great?

They had a lot of other excellent posters on the walls of their offices too! And if you are a Canvas user and want to connect at the Community, you can find me there; here's my Community blog.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem duodevicesimum Kalendas Maias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Scienter utor (English: I enjoy things wisely).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Omnium rerum vicissitudo (English: There is change in all things)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae (English: Tere is no great talent without an admixture of madness.). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi (English: A cliff ahead, wolves behind; from Adagia 3.4.94 ... it's like "between a rock and a hard place," but with wolves!).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Quam felix vita transit sine negotiis!
How happily life goes by when you don't have work to do!

Oderint, dum metuant.
Let them hate, so long as they fear.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the famous story of the lion's share.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ursus et Apes, a story about how an angry person is his own worst enemy (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Ursus et Apes

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Vulpes a Gallo Auxilium Implorans, with links to the audio and to the blog post.