Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Round-Up: September 5

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, and you can also get a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin. If you prefer the heft of a book in your hand, you can get the books in printed form from

HODIE: Nonae Septembres, 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: Inter os et offam multum interest (English: Much can happen between the morsel and the mouth).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cannacae more plorare (English: To weep like Cannacas; from Adagia 2.8.19 - Cannacas was a legendary king of Phyrgia who anticipated that a great flood would destroy his country and people, so he went to the temple and wept, begging the gods to avert the flood).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐλέφας μῦν οὐ δάκνει (English: An elephant doesn't bite a mouse... in other words: don't sweat the small stuff).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Nomen Magnum: Non umquam magnum te dicam nomen habere, / Ni vere magno nomine digna geras.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes in Puteum Delapsa et Lupus, a funny little story about a fox who is in desperate need of the wolf's assistance (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner, a story that can apply to any war, ancient or modern.

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Luscinia et Accipiter, the famous story of the hungry hawk and the sweet-tongued nightingale.

Accipiter et Luscinia