Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 22

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 a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest, and there is also a LatinLOLCat Board.

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Caveat emptor (English: Let the buyer beware).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Libertas pretiosior auro (English: Freedom is more precious than gold).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Piscium vita haec, minorem maior ut devoret (English: This is the life of the fishes: that the greater should gobble up the smaller).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nolite iudicare secundum faciem (English: Don't judge based on appearances).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Inelegantior Libethriis (English: More clumsy than the Libethrians; from Adagia 1.6.48 - The Libethrians, a Thracian people, were proverbially uneducated, enemies of all art and music; according to some sources, the Libethrians were the people who slew the musician Orpheus).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ὁ λύκος τὴν τρίχα οὐ τὴν γνώμην ἀλλάττει (English: The wolf changes his coat but not his mind).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Maior Post Otia Virtus. Click here for a full-sized view (the poster uses a photo of one of the sculptures on the campus of the University of Oklahoma!).

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Irrideo tempestatem.
I scoff at the storm.

Persevera per severa.
Persevere in severity.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Gallus et Ancillae, a fable of unintended consequences (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Tubicen Captus, a fable about what it means to be a non-combatant in war.

Tubicen Captivus

Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is O Parve Vice Bethlehem, a Latin version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" — you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.