Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Latin Via Proverbs 108

I hope these notes will help you tackle this group of proverbs in Latin Via Proverbs. This group includes second conjugation verbs and third declension nouns.

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Group 108

1398. Virtue shines in difficult moments. (This is a popular family motto which you can also find in the abbreviated form, virtus in arduis.)

1399. Among the ashes, the flame remains. (You can find a variation on this phrase in Maximianus.)

1400. Poverty teaches all the arts. (I like the alliteration in paupertas and perdocet. The phrase is adapted from Plautus.)

1401. Happiness has many friends. (Compare this variant: felici copia amici, "the happy man has an abundance of friends.")

1402. God enjoys the odd number. (The saying can be found in Vergil's Eclogues. The idea is that odd numbers were, for the ancient Romans, lucky numbers.)

1403. Like always clings to like. (There are many variants on this saying, such as Simile simili amicum, "Like is friend to life," etc.)

1404. The queen likes her king. (You can find this saying in Plautus.)

1405. A coward's mother does not weep. (You can find this saying in Erasmus's Adagia, 4.6.12.)

1406. The shipwrecked man fears every sea. (This saying is adapted from Ovid.)

1407. A strong anvil does not fear the hammer. (Be careful with the Latin word incus - even though it ends in "us," it is a feminine noun.)

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