Thursday, October 25, 2012

Round-Up: October 25

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 octavum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Grata brevitas (English: Brevity is welcome).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Omni liber metu (English: Free from all fear).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Mus satur insipidam diiudicat esse farinam (English: When its stomach is full, the mouse judges the flour to be tasteless).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Ubi mel, ibi fel (English: Where there's honey, there's bile).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne Iupiter quidem omnibus placet (English: Not even Jupiter can please everybody; from Adagia 2.7.55).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἅμαξα τὸν βουν ἕλκει (English: The cart is pulling the horse... which is to say: things are the opposite of as they should be!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Fatum Venturum: Multum venturi ne cures tempora fati: / Non metuit mortem, qui scit contemnere vitam.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Taurus et Culex, the story of a self-important gnat.

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Thief and the Pauper, in which the pauper is able to laugh at the frustrated thief.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Struthiocamelus Perfidus, about an ostrich who pretends to be both beast and bird (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Struthiocamelus Perfidus