Friday, October 12, 2012

Round-Up: October 12

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 quartum Idus Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Recta pete (English: Seek what is right).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Gloria non praeda (English: Glory, not spoils).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Noli irritare leonem (English: Do not irritate the lion).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iustitia in sese virtutes continet omnes (English: Justice contains in itself all the virtues).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is In antro Trophonii vaticinatus est (English: He's made prophecies in the cave of Trophonius; from Adagia 1.7.77 - this refers to a man who is grim and unsmiling, like someone who has gone into the cave of Trophonius, famous for its oracular cult).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἄνεμον δικτύῳ θηρᾷς (English: You're hunting the wind with a net... another one of those fool's errands).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Senex et Iuvenis: Nemo senex adeo, quin annum vivere possit, / Nemo tam iuvenis, quin ipse mori cito possit.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Monkeys, the story of the mother and how she treats her two monkey children.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Graculus et Pavones, the story of an ambitious jackdaw (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Graculus et Avarus, a story about a thieving jackdaw this time.

Graculus et Avaurs

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