Friday, November 10, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 10

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 Idus Novembres.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Maiora sequor (English: I follow greater things).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is In varietate voluptas (English: There is a pleasure in variety)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Non mare transisset, pavidus si nauta fuisset (English: The sailor would not have crossed the sea, if he had been afraid). 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 Asinus portans mysteria (English: The donkey carrying the icons; from Adagia 2.2.4, alluding to the Aesop's fable about that self-important donkey).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Veri Amoris Nullus est Finis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Litteris absentes videmus.
By means of letters we see those who are absent.

Caelestia sequor.
I pursue heavenly things.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo, Lepus, et Cerva, a story about a lion whose greed gets him into trouble.

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Vacca, capella, ovis, et leo, the famous story of the lion's share: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De cane et frusto carnis, a story about a greedy dog who, like the lion, comes to grief: Latin text and English versions.