Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: September 10

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 quartum Idus Septembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Iracundiam rege (English: Control your anger).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Volens et valens (English: Willing and able).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Pisces vorant maiores minores (English: The bigger fish eat the littler ones).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Non est opus valentibus medico (English: People who are well have no need of a doctor).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Nil Crotone salubrius (English: There is no place healthier than Crotona; from Adagia 2.4.43 - Crotone is on the Ionian Sea in southern Italy, and was famous for its prosperous and healthy lifestyle, exemplified by the famous strong-man Milo of Crotone).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Μὴ κίνει κακὸν εὐ κείμενον (English: Don't disturb an evil thing that is sitting pretty).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Multa Adhuc Latent Homines. 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 Asinus Res Sacras Portans, the story of a self-important donkey.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Catus et Gallus, the story of the cat who attacked the poor rooster (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Feles et Gallus

Words from Mythology. For more about the god MERCURIUS and MERCURIAL, see this blog post.