Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Round-Up: November 6

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 Lulu.com.

HODIE: ante diem octavum Idus Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Meliora supersunt (English: The better things survive).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Volenti nil difficile (English: For one who is willing, nothing is difficult).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Disparibus bubus numquam trahitur bene currus (English: The cart is never pulled well when the oxen do not match).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: eritas liberabit (English: The truth will set you free).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus (English: Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus grows cold; from Adagia 2.3.97 - in other words, without bread and wine, love grows cold).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὦ ὁῖα κεφαλὴ, καὶ ἐγκέφαλον οὐκ ἔχει (English: O such a head, and yet it has not brains - this being the punchline to the Aesop's fable about the animal - sometimes a fox, sometimes a wolf - and the mask).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Tempus Tuum: Res est una, tuam possis quam dicere: tempus. / Utere! Dum cessas, desinit esse tuum.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Aquila et Mus, the sad story of a mouse and an ungrateful eagle (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is Hercules and The Waggoner, a story of how the gods help them that help themselves.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Muli et Latrones, a wonderful story in favor of the simple life.

Muli Duo