Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 4

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 (my project from summer of 2012); this is the source for the Brevissima poster item below.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Nonas Septembres:, the day before the Nones of September.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Gradatim vincimus (English: Step by step we win victory).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sub pondere sursum (English: Bearing my load, rising upward).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Sunt asini multi solum bino pede fulti (English: There are many donkeys, only they stand on two legs).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Spiritus promptus, caro vero infirma (English: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cannacae more plorare (English: To weep like Cannacas; from Adagia 2.8.19 - Cannacas was a legendary king of Phyrgia who anticipated that a great flood would destroy his country and people, so he went to the temple and wept, begging the gods to avert the flood).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει (English: An elephant does not bite a mouse).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Damna Dierum. 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 Luscinia et Accipiter, the famous story of the hawk who showed no mercy to the nightingale.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Milvus Aegrotans, the story of the kite's deathbed repentance (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Milvus Aegrotus

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: ἐδίψησεν δὲ ἐκεῖ ὁ λαὸς ὕδατι. Sitivit ibi populus prae aquae penuria.And the people thirsted there for water.

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 The Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant; you can see the table of contents here. 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.