Friday, December 7, 2012

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 7

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, and you can also get a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin. If you prefer the heft of a book in your hand, you can get the books in printed form from

HODIE: ante diem septimum Idus Decembres.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Liberos erudi (English: Teach your children).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In labore libertas (English: In hard work, freedom).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Si fuit hic asinus, non ibi fiet equus (English: If he was a donkey here, he will not become a horse there).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Date et dabitur vobis, dimittite et dimittemini (English: Give and it will be given to you; forgive, and you will be forgiven).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Croeso ditior (English: Richer than Croesus; from Adagia 1.6.74).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐν ψύλλης δήξει Θεὸν ἐπικαλεῖται (English: When a flea bites, he calls upon the god - and you know the god is not impressed!).

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

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Formica Transformata, the story of the man who was turned into an ant (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Fur et Mater Eius, the story of a mother who raised her son to be a criminal.

LATIN HOLIDAY SONGS: The Latin holiday songs for today are: Adeste Fideles, a Latin version of "O Come, All Ye Faithful," along with Quae stella sole pulchrior.