Thursday, October 16, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 16

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 septimum decimum Kalendas Novembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Aeternitatem cogita (English: Think about eternity).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Ex unitate vires (English: From unity, power).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Non faciunt meliorem equum aurei freni (English: Golden reins do not make a better horse).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Divitiae si affluant, nolite cor apponere (English: If riches abound, do not set your heart on them).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Naviget Anticyras (English: Let him go to Anticyrae; from Adagia 1.8.52 - You could find hellebore in Anticyrae, which was reputed to be a cure for madness, so this was advice for a madman).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐχῖνος τὸν τόκον ἀναβάλλει (English: The hedgehog puts off giving birth... which is a bad idea because the baby hedgehog just gets pricklier and pricklier!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is De Munere. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ciconia et Uxor Eius, the sad story of the stork who quarreled with his wife (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Aquila et Testudo, the story of a foolish turtle who wanted to learn to fly.

Aquila et Testudo

Latin Sundials. Below you will find an image of a sundial, and for detailed information about the Latin motto see this blog post: Dies nostri quasi umbra super terram et nulla est mora.