Sunday, March 10, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 10

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! If you prefer the heft of a book in your hand, you can get the book in printed form from

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem sextum Idus Martias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Beati mites (English: Blessed are the meek).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Pax optima rerum (English: Peace is the best of things).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Cum lupis ulula (English: Howl with the wolves).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Iniquum petendum ut aequum feras (English: Seek more than what is right so that you may carry off the right amount).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Proteo mutabilior (English: More changeable than Proteus; from Adagia 2.2.74).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Θυμοῦ λόγος ἰατρός (English: Speech is a healer of anger).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Sic Age. 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:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Graculus et Avarus, a wonderful story about a thieving bird and a miserly man (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Asinus et Tympana , the sad story of the donkey who can't get a break, even after he is dead.

Greek Bible Art - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my Greek Bible Art graphics; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: ἄγγελος γὰρ ἀγαθὸς συμπορεύσεται αὐτῷ - Angelus Dei bonus comitetur ei - For the good angel will keep him company.