Thursday, December 4, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 4

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): pridie Nonas Decembres, the day before the Nones of December.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Roma aeterna (English: Rome is eternal).

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: Homo sapiens tacebit usque ad tempus (English: A man who is wise will be silent until the right time).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Iro pauperior (English: More poor than Irus; from Adagia 1.6.76, Irus being the beggar character in Homer's Odyssey).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐν ψύλλης δήξει Θεὸν ἐπικαλεῖται (English: He calls on God's help for the bite of a flea).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Vita Quasi Ventus. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Veri amoris nullus est finis.
There is no end of true love.

Sapientia omnia operatur.
Wisdom can do all things.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Animalia Fugans et Leo, the story of a lion and a noisey donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cera Lateri Invidens, the story of the wax who was jealous of a brick — one of my favorite fables!



The Latin holiday songs for today are: Aquifolia Ornate, a Latin version of "Deck the Halls," along with Puer Nobis Nascitur. You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.