Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Round-Up: August 29

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting, and you can also get a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin. If you prefer the heft of a book in your hand, you can get the books in printed form from

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MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Cupid and Psyche ; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Iuventus ventus (English: Youth is wind).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas optima rerum (English: Freedom is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Pardus maculas non deponit (English: The leopard does not set aside its spots).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Ubi est thesaurus tuus, ibi est et cor tuum (English: Where is your treasure, there is your heart also).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Archytae crepitaculum (English: The rattle of Archytas; from Adagia 2.7.44 - Archytas invented a rattle for children, and it came to stand proverbially for any noisy thing that makes noise with no meaning).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μία χελιδὼν ἐὰρ οὐ ποιεῖ (English: One swallow does not make a spring).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Dicere et Facere Sunt Diversa: Multum inter sese praestare et dicere pugnant: / Illud difficile est; hoc nihil est levius.


AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Man and the Goose, the famous story of the golden eggs.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo, Vacca, Capra, et Ovis, the famous story of the lion's share (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus , a story about a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Lupus in Pelle Ovis

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