Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 24

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 nonum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Memento mori (English: Remember that you will die).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Mihi cura futuri (English: My care is for the future).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Lepores duos qui insequitur, is neutrum capit (English: He who chases two rabbits catches neither).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Argento obediunt omnia (English: All things obey the coin).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Polycrates matrem pascit (English: Polycrates takes care of the mother; from Adagia 2.7.58 - this refers to Polycrates of Samos who had a welfare system for the mothers of his soldiers killed in battle).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Τέλος ὅρα τοῦ βίου (English: Consider the end of life - and this can be end in the sense of final limit, but also the end as purpose, perfect, consummation).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Dei Donum Fides. 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:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Struthiocamelus Perfidus, the story of the ostrich's lack of loyalty in the battle of the beasts and the birds.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis Vetulus et Magister, the sad story of an old dog and his cruel master (this fable has a vocabulary list).

canis vetulus et magister

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: καταβῆναι τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον σωματικῶ εἴδει ὡς περιστερὰν. Descendit Spiritus Sanctus corporali specie sicut columba. The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove.

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 Fables in Rhyme for Little Folks from La Fontaine by W. T. Larned. 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.