Sunday, December 28, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 28

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 quintum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Ita vita (English: Such is life).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nihil sine labore (English: Nothing without hard work).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Nemo cum serpente securius ludit (English: No one can play really safely with a snake).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Omnia probate, quod bonum est, tenete (English: Try all things; what is good, keep).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is You're blaming the Spartan moons (English: Laconicas lunas causaris; from Adagia 2.5.25 - the Spartans were superstitious of the moon in their dealings, dating back to a law attributed to Lycrgus that they could not declare war except at the full moon.).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Φιλεῖν ἀκαίρως ἴσον ἐστὶ τῷ μισεῖν (English: Love at the wrong time is the same as hate).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Scientia maximum vitae decus.
Knowledge is the greatest honor in life.

Lumen caeleste sequamur.
Let us follow the heavenly light.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Fur et Stultus, a story about a thief who was both quick to act and also quick-witted (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Castor et Venator, the story of the beaver's calculated sacrifice.

Castor  (1531)


The Latin holiday songs for today are: Primum Noel Cecinit Angelus, a Latin version of "The First Noel," along with O Lux beata Trinitas and also Festinarunt ad Bethlehem, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Przybieżeli do Betlejem." You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.