Thursday, January 17, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 17

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. In addition to a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, 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 (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum decimum Kalendas Februarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Invigila, sic vinces (English: Keep watch; in this way, you will win).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Nemo effugit futurum (English: No one escapes what will be).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Hunc fidum dico, bene qui succurrit amico (English: If a man rightly comes to the aid of a friend, I deem that man faithful).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Diliges proximum tuum, sicut te ipsum (Gal. 5:14). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Flamma fumo est proxima: The flame is next to the smoke. This Proverbe teachethe us, that perill and daunger ought in time to be fledde, and that he whiche would eschue evill, must first eschue the occasion of evill, accordinge to our English Proverbe. He that wil no hurt do, must do nothinge that long there to. As for exemple, he that woulde not be evill corupted, let him absteine from the companie of naughtie personnes, he that will not lye with hoores, let him absteine from kissinges and other wanton interteinmentes.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vir Bonus, Vir Magnus. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Grammaticus, a hilarious story about a sharp-witted teacher (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Fortuna et Agricola, the story of a farmer who found a buried treasure.

Rusticus et Fortuna