Sunday, August 10, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: August 10

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 quartum Idus Augustas.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Beati pacifici (English: Blessed are the peace-makers).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Copia ex industria (English: Abundance as a result of effort).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Gallo canente, spes reddit (English: When the cock crows [i.e., at dawn], hope returns).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Sero sapiunt Phryges (English: The Phrygians [i.e., the Trojans] are wise too late [i.e., after they have already brought the wooden horse inside the walls]).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Bocchyris iudicium (English: The judgment of Bocchyris; from Adagia 2.7.65 - A man had a sexual dream about a prostitute, and the prostitute demanded he pay her for dream services; King Bocchyris of Egypt ruled that the money be put into a basin and shaken around so that the prostitute could enjoy the look of the coin and thus be satisfied appropriately).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Δρυὸς πεσούσης, πᾶς ἀνὴρ ξυλεύεται (English: When the oak tree has fallen, every man can gather wood).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Grata et Ingrata. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Coclea et Iuppiter, the story of why the snail carries its house on its back.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mors et Pauper, a story in which Death itself makes an appearance (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Senex et Mors

Words from Mythology. For more about HERCULES and HERCULEAN, see this blog post.