Sheffield Classical Association
A Latin proverb about holding a wolf by the ears and about danger. "Latin proverbs and expressions in 30 seconds or less" is a quick way of learning clever expressions to sprinkle your Latin conversations with. For more information about the proverb, how to use it and maybe some curiosities, visit: https://www.latinitium.com/latinprove...
1. AURIBUS TENEO LUPUMIt might seem odd to say that you’re "holding a wolf by the ears," but auribus teneo lupum--a line taken from Phormio (c.161BC), a work by the Roman playwright Terence—was once a popular proverb in Ancient Rome. Like "holding a tiger by the tail," it is used to describe an unsustainable situation, and in particular one in which both doing nothing and doing something to resolve it are equally risky.
Sheffield branch of the Classical Association, founded in 1920