Monday, November 12, 2012

Round-Up: November 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: pridie Idus Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cave lupum (English: Beware the wolf).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ne quid nimis (English: Not anything in excess).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Fera quaevis in sua silva superbit (English: Every beast exults in its forest).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Egregia musica quae sit abscondita, nulli rei est (English: Outstanding music, if it is hidden, is of no account).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne Hercules quidem adversus duos (English: Not even Hercules fights against two at once; from Adagia 1.5.39).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Χαλεπὸν τὸ ἑαυτὸν γνῶναι, ἀλλὰ μακάριον (English: To know oneself is a difficult but fortunate thing).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Tempus Volubile: Cuncta trahit secum vertitque volubile tempus, / Nec patitur certa currere quemque via.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Cervus et Amici Eius, a story of friends who do more harm than good (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Crane and the Peacock, in which the crane rebukes the boastful peacock.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Pavo et Iuno, the famous story of the peacock's complaint to Hera.

Pavo et Iuno

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