Monday, June 24, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 24

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 octavum Kalendas Iulias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Festinare nocet (English: To hurry does harm).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In dubiis constans (English: In moments of doubt, steadfast).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Mus debacchatur ubi cattus non dominatur (English: The mouse parties when the cat is not in charge).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nolite solliciti esse in crastinum (English: Don't worry about tomorrow).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Crasso ditior (English: Richer than Crassus; from Adagia 1.6.74 - Crassus being the richest of the Romans!).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἁ δὴ χεὶρ την χεῖρα νίζει (English: One hand washes the other).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is In Coniuges. 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 Simia et Piscatores, a story about "monkey see, monkey do."

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Poeta et Agricola, a story about different ways of being alone (this fable has a vocabulary list).

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: χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. Ave gratia plena: Dominus tecum. Hail, thou that are highly favored, the Lord is with thee.