Monday, July 28, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: July 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.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Kalendas Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Nocumentum documentum (English: An injury is a lesson).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Paulatim, sed firmiter (English: Slowly but surely).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Scit multa vulpes, magnum echinus unicum (English: The fox knows many things; the hedgehog knows one big thing).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Ovem lupo commisisti (English: You've turned your sheep over to the wolf).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Pasetis semiobolus (English: The half-penny of Pases; from Adagia 2.7.31 - Pases was a famous magician who would pay for his purchases and would then use a conjuring trick so that the coins ended up back in his own pocket).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Πτωχοῦ φίλοι οὐδ' οἱ γεννήτορες (English: A poor man has neither friends nor parents).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Credo Quod Video. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Tigris et Venatores, the sad story of the mother tiger and her cub (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Verveces et Lanius, a story about the lack of sheep solidarity.

verveces et lanius

Words from Mythology. For more about CHAOS, see this blog post.