Friday, August 22, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 22

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.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem undecimum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Errando discitur (English: Learning happens by means of mistakes).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nec devius unquam (English: Not ever swerving).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Igne semel tactus timet ignem postmodo cattus (English: The cat who has been touched once by fire, fears the fire thereafter).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui gladio ferit, gladio perit (English: He who wounds by the sword dies by the sword).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Mylus omnia audiens (English: Mylus listening to everything; from Adagia 2.7.52 - the proverbial Mylus refers to someone who pretends to be deaf or not listening, but who is actually listening to everything).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἁμαρτεῖν οὐκ ἔνεστι δὶς ἐν πολέμῳ (English: In war, one may not blunder twice).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Non Alia Famae Via. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Scarabaeus et Stercus, the story of a contented dung-beetle (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupi et Pastores, in which the shepherds foolishly make a pact with the wolves.

lupi et pastor et oves

Words from Mythology. For more about TITANS and TITANIC, see this blog post.