Saturday, October 4, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 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): ante diem quartum Nonas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Occasionem cognosce (English: Know the moment).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Auctor ego audendi (English: I am the author of my own daring).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Dum pastores odia exercent, lupus intrat ovile (English: While the shepherds quarrel, the wolf enters the sheepfold).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Alius est qui seminat, et alius qui metit (English: It is one who sows, and another who reaps).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Hylam inclamas (English: You're shouting for Hylas; from Adagia 1.4.72 - a reference to the futile cries of Heracles for his lover Hylas who was abducted by the nymphs).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐχθρῶν ἄδωρα δῶρα (English: The enemies' gifts are not gifts).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vos Qui Docetis. 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 Pavo et Grus, a story about beauty and loftier aspirations.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Leo Iratus et Puteus, a funny story about a lion and his own reflection (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Leo et Puteus

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: VOLAT IRREVOCABILIS · ULTIMA LATET.