Thursday, August 28, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 28

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 quintum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Segnitiem fugito (English: Flee sloth).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas optima rerum (English: Freedom is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Est avi cuique nidus formosus ubique (English: To each bird, its own nest is always beautiful).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Ex abundantia cordis os loquitur (English: From the overflowing of the heart the mouth speaks).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Archytae crepitaculum (English: The rattle of Archytas; from Adagia 2.7.44 - Archytas invented a rattle for children, and it came to stand proverbially for any noisy thing that makes noise with no meaning).

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 Famam Serva. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus, a fable about the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Puer, a story about dangerous games (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Pueri et Ranae

Words from Mythology. For more about the god SATURNUS and the English word SATURNINE, see this blog post.