Friday, August 23, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 23

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 decimum Kalendas Septembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Errando discitur (English: Learning comes through mistakes).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nec devius unquam (English: Not ever swerving).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ex frixis ovis pullus numquam venit ullus (English: From fried eggs no chick ever comes).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Medice, cura teipsum (English: Physician, heal yourself).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Dente Theonino rodi (English: To be gnawed by Theon's tooth; from Adagia 2.2.55 - Theon was a grammarian at Rome who was notoriously mean-spirited and critical).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἁμαρτεῖν οὐκ ἔνεστι δὶς ἐν πολέμῳ (English: To err twice is not allowed in war).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Tempus Tuum. 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 Caprae et Taurus, a story about the hierarchy of fear.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Satyrus et Viator, the story of the satyr and his houseguest (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Satyrus et Viator

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: ἐποίησεν Μωυσῆς ὄφιν χαλκοῦν. Fecit Moyses serpentem aeneum. Moses made a serpent of brass.

Myth and Folklore Books. I'm accumulating some book recommendations for the classes I teach and wanted to share them here. Today's book is Historical Tales: King Arthur, Vol. 2 by Charles Morris; you can see the table of contents here. This is a free Amazon Kindle eBook, and you don't need a Kindle to read it - you can read Kindle books on any computer or mobile device, or you can use the Amazon Cloud Reader in your browser.