Saturday, November 15, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: November 15

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 Decembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Quaerendo invenietis (English: By seeking, you will find).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtute, non aliter (English: By worthiness, and in no other way).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Fera quaevis in sua silva superbit (English: Every beast exults in its forest).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Dimittite mortuos sepelire mortuos suos (English: Leave the dead to bury their dead).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Ne Hercules quidem adversus duos (English: Not even Hercules fights against two at once; from Adagia 1.5.39 ... take care of the Nemean lion first, THEN move on to the hydra!).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Πόρρω Διός τε καὶ κεραυνοῦ (English: Far from Zeus and from his thunderbolt... in order words: avoid the halls of power; they are perilous).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Tibi Facient Rursum. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Quae sursum, volo videre.
I want to see what is on high.

Legite et discite.
Read and learn.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sanctus Petrus et Rusticus, a great medieval fable where Saint Peter takes on the role played by Heracles in the traditional Aesop's fable (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Rusticus de Arbore Delapsus, a funny story about tree-climbing, and other lofty ventures.

De Arbore Descendens

Latin Fables Read by Justin Slocum Bailey. Here is today's audio fable: Leo et Homo, Concertantes, with links to the audio and to the blog post.

Leo et Statua