Thursday, December 3, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 3

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 tertium Nonas Decembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Atalanta and the Boar; 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 Dente lupus, cornu taurus petit (English: The wolf attacks with his fang, the bull with his horn).

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 was the proverbial pauper of the ancient world; you can read more at Wikipedia).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐν ψύλλης δήξει Θεὸν ἐπικαλεῖται (English: He calls on the god for the bite of a flea ... an allusion to an Aesop's fable).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Si Quis Loquatur. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Optimum condimentum fames.
Hunger is the best seasoning.

Ne quid nimis.
Nothing in excess.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis Aquam Timens, a case of canine PTSD (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cera Lateri Invidens, a very sad fable about unintended consequences.


Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is O Abies, "O Christmas Tree" — and you can find three different versions in Latin at the blog post, along with a YouTube performance: