Saturday, November 24, 2012

Round-Up: November 24

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 Decembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Cicatrix manet (English: The scar remains).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Non solum armis (English: Not by arms alone).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Dum fugans canis mingit, fugiens lepus evadit (English: When the dog in pursuit stops to pee, the fleeing rabbit gets away).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Timens Charybdim, incidi in Scyllam (English: Fearing Charybdis, I fell into Scylla).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cretensis Cretensem (English: It takes one Cretan to best another - the verb is actually missing and has to be specifically supplied from context, the key factor being that Cretans were stereotypically liars and cheats in the ancient world; from Adagia 1.2.26).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Θεός τε τοῖς ἀργοῦσιν οὐ παρίσταται (English: God does not come to the side of the lazy).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Qui Amat, Uritur: Nescio quid sit amor: nec amo, nec amor, nec amavi, / Sed scio, si quis amat, uritur igne gravi.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Fox and the Hedgehog, in which the fox refuses the hedgehog's offer of help.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Monachus, a story about a wolf who would be a monk (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Crocodilus et Canis, the famous fable of the dog and the Nile crocodile.

Canis et Crocodilus