Thursday, June 7, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 7

Back after another hiatus, and for the indefinite future my posts will be off-and-on here -- although I have been managing to keep up with my Chain-Tale summer project for anyone with an interest in that line of folklore: Chain Tales. (Today's story was from Russia, with the Russian text for any Slavophiles among us.)

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem septimum Idus Iunias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Audax ero (English: I will be bold).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Libri muti magistri (English: Books are silent teachers)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sine labore non erit panis in ore (English: Without work there will be no bread in your mouth). 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 Canis in praesepi (English: The dog in the manger ... who notoriously will not let other animals eat the hay, even though the dog himself is not going to eat it; from Adagia 1.10.13).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quod Videri Vis, Esto. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Mente manuque.
By thought and hand.

Abundans cautela non nocet.
Extreme caution does no harm.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Anus ad amphoram, a story about the sweet memories: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De leporibus et ranis, a story about fear: Latin text and English versions.