Thursday, January 24, 2019

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 24

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 nonum Kalendas Februarias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Veritas superabit (English: The truth will triumph).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Scientia sol mentis (English: Knowledge is the sun of the mind)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Optimus magister bonus liber (English: The best teacher is a good book). 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 Ars multa vulpi, ast una echino maxima (English: The fox has many a trick, but the hedgehog has just one big trick; from Adagia 1.5.18; see Wikipedia for more about this proverbial animal pair).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Libros lege; quae legeris, memento.
Read books; what you read, remember.

Post tenebras, lux.
After the darkness, light.


PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Pavo ad Iunonem, a story about being who you are, and not someone else: Latin text and Smart's translation.

From a 1701 Phaedrus:

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is De leone et pastore , a story often known by the title of Androcles and the Lion: Latin text and English versions.

From a 1485 Aesop: