Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17: Round-Up

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: ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Octobres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Deus avertat (English: May God turn it aside).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nunquam non paratus (English: Never unprepared).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is In cavea non canit luscinia (English: In a cage, the nightingale does not sing).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Cum sancto sanctus eris, cum perverso perverteris (English: With the holy man you will be holy; with the wicked man you will be wicked).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Charetis pollicitationes (English: The promises of Chares; from Adagia 2.6.84 - Chares was an Athenian general notorious for being quick to make promises and failing to live up to them).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐγὼ δὲ καὶ σὺ ταυτὸν ἕλκομεν ζυγόν (English: You and I alike are hauling the same yoke).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Omnia Disce: Omnia disce, puer; tuus hic labor unus, at inter / Omnia, disce prius vivere, disce mori.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Mulieres, the wonderful story of the fox and the women feasting on roasted chickens (this fable has a vocabulary list).

AESOP IN ENGLISH VERSE: Today's fable from the English verse widget is Mice in Council, the story of "belling the cat."

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Membra et Venter, the story made famous by both Livy and Shakespeare of the dispute between the belly and the rest of the body.

Membra et Venter