Monday, December 9, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 9

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 so is Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem quintum Idus Decembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows the Danaids; 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 Silentio et spe (English: In silence and hope).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Vetulus simius non capitur laqueo (English: The old monkey is not caught in the snare).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Leges bonae ex malis moribus procreantur (English: Good laws are born of bad habits).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Harmodii cantilena (English: The song of Harmodius; from Adagia 2.10.93 - this refers to something utterly sad, such as Aristogeiton sang upon the death of his lover Harmodius).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀγεωμέτρητος μηδεὶς εἰσίτω (English: Let no one untrained in geometry enter - the motto supposedly written above the entrance to Plato's Academy).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Virtuti Mors Nocere Non Potest. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Uva, the famous story of the "sour grapes" (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus et Puer Mendax, another famous story - the boy who cried wolf.

Puer Mendax

GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday songs for today are: Musicus Parvulus, a Latin version of "Little Drummer Boy, and another carol for children, Regis Olim Urbe David. There are also the traditional hymns In natali Domini and Conditor Alme Siderum.