Friday, October 10, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 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 sextum Idus Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Discite iustitiam (English: Learn justice).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Recte faciendo securus (English: By acting rightly, no worries).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is A bove maiori discit arare minor (English: The younger ox learns to plow from the older ox).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iustitia in sese virtutes continet omnes (English: Justice contains in itself all the virtues).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Non absque Theseo (English: Not without Theseus; from Adagia 1.5.27 - Some things require extra help, just as Meleager needed Theseus's help, as did Pirithous, and Hercules, too).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεὸς (English: A god out of the scaffolding - i.e. a deus ex machina, which has its own Wikipedia article).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Tace Tu Primus. 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 Canis et Umbra, the famous fable of the dog fooled by his own reflection.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ursus et Apes, the story of an angry bear and even angrier bees (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Ursus et Apes

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: SOLI DEO GLORIA (with a lovely play on words between soli from solus and soli from sol).