Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 30

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are looking for free PDF copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: #PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Meliora me manent  (English: Better things await me).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Hospitalitatem nolite oblivisci (English: Don't forget [to show] hospitality; Hebrews 13.1).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Verbum laudatur, si factum tale sequatur (English: The word is praised, if a like deed should follow).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Omnis qui se exaltat, humiliabitur, et qui se humiliat, exaltabitur (Luke 14:11). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Tuo te pede metire: Measure your selfe by your owne fote. The painters and carvers of images holde opinion, that the iust measure of everie man consisteht in seven of his owne fete. By this Proverbe wee be therfore warned, that wee dilate not oure selves beyonde our condition and state, neither yet esteme our selves by the prayses of flatterours, or opinion of the people or by favour of false fortune, but only by oure propre and true qualities.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vivere Mundo Mors Est. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Scienter utor.
I wield it wisely.

Surgite; lumen adest.
Get up: it's light.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes Sine Cauda, a story about a fox trying to outfox the other foxes (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vespertilio Perfidus, the story of a two-timing bat.

quadrupedes et aves


The Latin holiday songs for today are: Frigus vir nivis, a Latin version of "Frosty the Snowman," along with In Dulci Iubilo. You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.

And since this will be my last post of 2014, here is Robert Burns in Latin for your New Year's Eve enjoyment: Auld Lang Syne, along with In hoc anni circulo.


Stultissimus said...

That three word motto - Latin can truly say so much with so little ;)

Laura Gibbs said...

There is an old joke about Latin being a "lapidary" language: if you are going to be carving things on stone, it is good to be concise! :-)

Stultissimus said...

Perhaps I should have clarified: the Latin seems to be missing from the post :P

Laura Gibbs said...

Oh, yes, I didn't even realize that is what you meant. Will fix it now. Better late than never! (English can do well with four words anyway!)