Sunday, February 10, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: February 10

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): ante diem quartum Idus Februarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Misceo iocis seria (English: I mix serious matters with joking ones).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Patientia vincit omnia (English: Patience conquers all).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Tempora transibunt et gaudia vana peribunt (English: This age will pass away, and empty pleasures will perish).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Dominus dedit; Dominus abstulit (Job 1:21). 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: Nosce teipsum: Knowe thy selfe. Plato ascribeth this divine sentente unto Apollo. But whose sayenge so ever it was, certes it is both true and godley, and worthy of Christen men to be continuallie borne in minde.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Cede Potenti. 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 Gallus et Gemma, the story of a rooster who is either a fool or very sensible... depending on how you look at things.

: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mors et Pauper, the story of a woman who thought he wanted to die (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Senex et Mors

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Αἰεὶ τὰ πέρυσι βελτίω. Semper anteriora meliora. Always the things of yesteryear are best.