Sunday, October 1, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: October 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): Kalendae Octobres, the Kalends of October.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Heracles and Cacus, and there are more images here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Amo pacem (English: I love peace).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Sapiens qui prospicit (English: Wise is the one who looks ahead)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Multae regum aures atque oculi (English: Many are the ears of kings, and their eyes). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Echinus partum differt (English: The hedgehog delays giving birth... which is bad news: the baby hedgehogs just get more and more prickly with each passing day; from Adagia 2.4.82).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quod Tibi, Hoc Aliis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Quod scripsi, scripsi.
What I have written, I have written.

Alta pete.
Seek lofty things.


I just recently found out that my Oxford Aesop's fables book is going to be translated into Chinese (!), so that has inspired me to translate the Mille Fabulae book into English. Fable by fable it will take a while... but paulatim sed firmiter, "slowly but surely."

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Venditor et Creditor Eius, a story about marketing hype in the ancient world.