Thursday, July 18, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 18

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, as is 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 quintum decimum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Aedificate alterutrum! (English: Sustain one another!).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas in legibus (English: In law, liberty).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Currens per prata, non est lepus esca parata (English: As it runs through the fields, the rabbit is not a meal ready-to-eat).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: In domo patris mei, mansiones multae sunt (English: In my father's house, there are many mansions).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne e quovis ligno Mercurius fiat (English: You can't make a statue of Mercury out of just any block of wood; from Adagia 2.5.47).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Πρὸ τὰς νίκης ᾄδεις ἐγκώμιον (English: You're singing the victory song before the victory).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus et Grammaticus, a hilarious little story about a donkey learning his letters (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Feles et Gallinae, a story about a cat who pretended to be a doctor.

Feles et Gallinae

Greek Bible Art - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my Greek Bible Art graphics; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: ἐγὼ τὸ ἄλφα καὶ τὸ ὦ, ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος. Ego sum alpha et omega, primus et novissimus. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

Myth and Folklore Books. I'm accumulating some book recommendations for the classes I teach and wanted to share them here. Today's book is Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould. This is a free Amazon Kindle eBook, and you don't need a Kindle to read it - you can read Kindle books on any computer or mobile device, or you can use the Amazon Cloud Reader in your browser.


Don Mahoney said...

The Gospel according to John, 14.2: In domo Patris mei mansiones multae sunt; si quominus dixissem vobis: quia vado parare vobis locum. Jeus said: "In my house there are many mansions..."

Cannot find Polydorus reference.

Laura Gibbs said...

Yes! Polydorus collected proverbs that he considered sacred (like this one) and profane (secular proverbs from classical sources) and combined them into a book that was a rival of Erasmus' great collection of proverbs. Erasmus is still very famous but Polydore is largely forgotten; there is a beautiful online edition here: Polydore Vergil, Adagiorum Liber (1521 version)

Don Mahoney said...

Thank you. Getting it now

Laura Gibbs said...

There are some AMAZING books at that site, including quite a few with period translations, or some with translations done by Dana Sutton specifically for the site.