Thursday, March 28, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: March 28

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, as is 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 quintum Kalendas Apriles.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Domi manendum (English: It's better to stay home).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Honesta quam splendida (English: Honorable things, rather than flashy).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Laesa saepius repugnat ovis (English: Wounded once too often, the sheep fights back).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui de terra est, de terra loquitur (English: He who is from the earth, speaks of the earth).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Cyclobori vox (English: The sound of the Cycloborus; from Adagia 3.2.16 - The Cycloborus was a river in Greece, proverbial for its roaring and crashing water course; to make a sound like the Cycloborus was to make a very large noise indeed!).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἁμ' ἕπος, ἅμ' ἔργον (English: No sooner said than done).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Non Alia Famae Via. 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 Mercurius, Homo, et Formicae, a very thought-provoking story about divine justice and human justice (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Mus et Montes, the story of the rumbling mountains and the mouse that emerged.

Mons Parturiens (2)

GreekLOLz - and Latin and English, too. Below is one of my GreekLOLz; for the individual Greek, Latin and English versions of the graphic, see the blog post: Ἄρκτου παρούσης ἴχνη ζητεῖς. Ursa praesente vestigia quaeris. Here's the bear, and you're looking for tracks.