Thursday, September 4, 2014

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.

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Interiora vide (English: Look within).

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, except that they stand on two legs).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui non est (English: He who is not with me is against me).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Tertius Cato (English: A third Cato; from Adagia 1.8.89 - This referred to an opinionated and unyielding person, following in the tradition of Cato the Elder and Cato the Younger).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Δὶς πρὸς τὸν αὐτὸν αἰσχρὸν προσκρούειν λίθον (English: It is a shameful thing to stumble twice against the selfsame rock).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Facta Aliena. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Hercules et Rusticus, the story of Hercules and a lazy country bumpkin (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Luscinia et Accipiter, the sad story of nightingale caught by the hawk.

Accipiter et Luscinia

Words from Mythology. For more about AEGIS and the goddess Athena, see this blog post.