Friday, April 28, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 28

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 or the Distich Poems Board.

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

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Semper liber (English: Always free).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Littera custos historiae (English: Writing is the guardian of history)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Est unusquisque faber ipsae suae fortunae (English: Each and every person is the maker of his own luck). 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 Camelus desiderans cornua, etiam aures perdidit (English: Hoping for horns, the camel lost its ears, too; from Adagia 3.5.8, based on the Aesop's fable about the camel).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Honos habet onus.
Public office is a burden.

Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canes et Corium, a fable about greed.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pirata et Alexander Rex, in which a pirate speaks truth to power (this fable has a vocabulary list).

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: Ἄκουε τοῦ τέτταρα ὦτα ἔχοντος. Audi quatuor habentem aures. Listen to the one who has four ears.