Thursday, October 18, 2012

Round-Up: October 18

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 quintum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Aeternitatem cogita (English: Think about eternity).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex unitate vires (English: From unity, strength).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Non faciunt meliorem equum aurei freni (English: Golden reins do not make a better horse).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Divitiae si affluant, nolite cor apponere (English: If riches abound, do not set your heart on them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Atlas caelum (English: Atlas holds up the sky; from Adagia 1.1.67 - a proverb for people who take on troublesome burdens and then can't get out of them).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐχῖνος τὸν τόκον ἀναβάλλει (English: The hedgehog puts off giving birth - the idea being that the hedgehog doesn't want to put give birth to prickly babies... but the longer she waits, the more prickly the babies become).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Pereunt Omnia: Quod fuit, est, et erit, periit spatio brevis horae; / Ergo parum refert esse, fuisse, fore.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Ranae et Taurorum Proelia, a story about the battles of the high and mighty.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Oxen and the Butchers, a story about the lesser of two evils.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Iuppiter et Olitoris Asinus, a story about the donkey's sad fate (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Asinus et Iuppiter

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