Saturday, September 29, 2012

Round-Up: September 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

HODIE: ante diem tertium 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: Vetera transierunt (English: The old things have passed away).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Alis et animo (English: With wings and spirit).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is orcellum alens, porcum habebis (English: Raising a piglet, you'll have a pig).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Beati pauperes spiritu (English: Blessed are the poor in spirit).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Semper aliquis in Cydonis domo (English: There's always someone in Cydon's house; from Adagia 2.2.15 - Cydon was a citizen of Corinth who was proverbial for his hospitality).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀφροδίτῃ ὗν τέθυκεν (English: He's sacrificed a pig for Aphrodite... which is just the wrong thing to do - especially since a wild boar killed her lover Adonis, Aphrodite has had no love for pigs).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Fac Bene Dum Vivis: O dives, dives, non omni tempore vives! / Fac bene, dum vivis, post mortem vivere si vis.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Farmer's Treasure, a story of the treasure that is hard work.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vespertilio, Rubus, et Mergus, the story of why the bat flies at night, among other things.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Pater, Filius, et Asinus, the famous story of how you cannot please everyone (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Pater, Filius et Asinus

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