Monday, January 21, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 21

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! Meanwhile, I'm slowly but surely adding poster images and English translations over at the Brevissima blog.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem duodecimum Kalendas Februarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Scientia potentia (English: Knowledge is power).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Cito, non temere (English: Quickly, not rashly).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Leo a leporibus insultatur mortuus (English: A lion, after he's dead, is mocked by the rabbits).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui ipse sibi sapiens prodesse nequit, nequicquam sapit (English: The wise man who does not know how to help himself is wise in vain).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Phormionis torus (English: The bed of Phormio; from Adagia 2.9.66 - Phormio was a vigorous general who loved the military life and slept on the ground with this men, which is to say, without a bed at all).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀνδρὶ σοφῷ πᾶσα γῆ βατή (English: For the wise man, the whole world is walkable).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Nocitura. 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:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Satyrus et Viator, the story of the satyr and his guest.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Catuli Eius, the story about the monkey mother and the animal beauty pageant (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Simia et Iuppiter - Osius