Monday, April 15, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: April 15

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Maias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Patientia vinces. (English: By means of patience, you will triumph).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In libris libertas (English: In books, freedom).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Canis vivens potior est leone mortuo (English: A living dog is better than a dead lion).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Qui ambulat in tenebris, nescit quo vadat (English: He who walks in the shadows knows not where he goes).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Saguntina fames (English: The hunger of Sagentum; from Adagia 1.9.67 - This refers to a terrible hunger, from the infamous Siege of Sagentum, when Hannibal was able to capture Saguntum, thanks to the failure of Rome to come to the city's aid.).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἥν ἔλαχες Σπάρτην, ταύτην κόσμει (English: Since you have been allotted Sparta, adorn her, presumably the words of Agamemnon to his brother Menelaus, who was made king of Sparta).

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

And here are today's proverbial lolcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cicada et Noctua, a story about a noisy neighbor.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Equus Superbus et Asinus, a story about a boastful horse who was humbled (this fable has a vocabulary list).
Equus Superbus et Asinus

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: φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ. Vox clamantis in deserto. The voice of one crying in the wilderness.