Friday, January 4, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 4

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. In addition to a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, 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 (Roman Calendar): pridie Nonas Ianuarias, the day before the Nones of January.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Deficiam aut effciam (English: I will fail, or succeed).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Ferrum ferro acuitur (English: Iron is sharpened with iron - or, if you prefer: the sword is sharpened by the sword!).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Ut pax servetur, legis moderamen habetur (English: In order to keep the peace, we keep hold of the rudder of the law).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Interrogate de semitis antiquis, quae sit via bona, et ambulate in ea (Jer. 6:16). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Tuo te pede metire: Measure your selfe by your owne fote. The painters and carvers of images holde opinion, that the iust measure of everie man consisteht in seven of his owne fete. By this Proverbe wee be therfore warned, that wee dilate not oure selves beyonde our condition and state, neither yet esteme our selves by the prayses of flatterours, or opinion of the people or by favour of false fortune, but only by oure propre and true qualities..

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Virtutis Amor. Click here for a full-sized view; the poem has a vocabulary list and an English translation, too.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Iuppiter et Asini , a funny story about the donkeys presenting a petition to Jupiter.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Lupus et Puer Mendax, the famous story of the boy who cried wolf (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Puer Mendax