Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 27

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

Novitas: I've also started a new project on Latin and alchemy; you'll see the alchemical emblem below, and I should have lots more of these in the months to come, thanks to the #NetNarr collaborative storytelling project; join in if you are interested!

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

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Heracles and the Cattle of Geryon, and there are more images here.


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Sperans pergo (English: I hope, and go forward).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Conscientia mille testes (English: Conscience is a thousand witnesses)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Unus lanius non timet multas oves (English: One butcher does not fear the many sheep). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Simia in purpura (English: A monkey in royal robes; from Adagia 1.7.10).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Sequitur ver hiemem.
Spring follows winter.

Cogitato hiems quam longa sit.
Think how long the winter is.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Canis et Vultur, the story of an avaracious dog admonished by a vulture (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Castor et Venator, in which the beaver makes a desperate decision.

Castor  (1531)

Alchemical Latin Reader. Below you will find an alchemical emblem, and for detailed information about the Latin, see this blog post:

Gaudium Mundo. Today's holiday song is O Hanukkah, in honor of the holiday which began this year the evening of December 24: