Sunday, September 23, 2012

Round-Up: September 23

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

HODIE: ante diem nonum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Experto credite (English: Trust someone with experience).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtutis praemium felicitas (English: Happiness is the reward of excellence).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Equo currenti non opus calcaribus (English: There's no need to spur a running horse).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Hilarem datorem diligit deus (English: God loves someone who gives cheerfully).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Liberorum amantior quam Gello (English: More fond of children than Gello; from Adagia 2.8.28 - Gello was something like La Llorona, a woman who had no children of her own who then as a ghost would attack or steal children).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χελώην Πεγάσῳ συγκρίνεις (English: You're comparing a tortoise to Pegasus).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Lingua Docet Quid Lateat: Sermo refert mores; animus sic proditur ore: / Quid lateat tacito pectore, lingua docet.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae Duae et Puteus, the story of two frogs - one cautious, one not (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Bird and the Arrow, the story of a bird who brought about his own demise.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Iuppiter et Serpens, the story of the snake who wanted to give Zeus a wedding present.

Serpens, Rosa, et Iuppiter