Friday, June 5, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: June 5

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

Here's a fun summer reading group for people looking to do some Latin: In the summer of 2015 William Turpin (Swarthmore College) and Jen Faulkner (East Longmeadow High School) will offer a free online Latin translation course, meeting as a Google Hangout. The class will meet once a week starting on Sunday, June 7th from 8:00PM to 9:15-9:30 PM Eastern Time, and will continue for perhaps ten weeks. You can find out more details at their website: Medieval Latin, Summer 2015: Martin and Patrick. Thanks to Jen Ebbeler for letting me know about this, and if you have announcements for me to share here at the Bestiaria, just let me know (

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Nonae Iuniae, the Nones of June!

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Audax ero (English: I will be bold).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Post amara dulcia (English: Sweet things come after bitter things)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Sine labore non erit panis in ore (English: Without work there will be no bread in your mouth). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Necesse est minima maximorum esse initia (English: The beginnings of the biggest things cannot help but be small).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Canis in praesepi (English: The dog in the manger; from Adagia 1.10.13 - as featured in an Aesop's fable).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Scribendo disces scribere.
You will learn to write by writing.

Labor omnia superat.
Hard work overcomes all things.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Boves et Plaustrum, a fable that might apply to your workplace!

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canes et Corium , a tale of greed (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Canes et Corium

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

Sagittarius, Leo et Vulpes