Sunday, January 27, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 27

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 sextum Kalendas Februarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Beati misericordes (English: Blessed are the merciful).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Facta, non verba (English: Deeds, not words).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ex pravo pullus bonus ovo non venit ullus (English: No good chick ever comes from a bad egg).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Oculus domini in agro fertilissimus est (English: The eye of the master is the best fertilizer for the field).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Amyclas perdidit silentium (English: Silence destroyed Amyclae; from Adagia 1.9.1 - supposedly the people of Amyclae had once been disturbed by false reports of an enemy invasion, so they passed a law forbidding anyone to report an invasion, which meant the town was easily captured when the enemy did arrive).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἑῖς ἀνὴρ οὐ πάνθ' ὁρᾷ (English: One man cannot see all things).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Peccata Non Teguntur. 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 Tigris et Venatores, the sad story of a mother-tiger and human hunters (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Haedus Saltans et Lupus, the story of the kid who tricked the wolf.

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