Sunday, December 3, 2017

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. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium Nonas Decembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Venus, Pygmalion and the Statue, and there are more images here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sagax et audax (English: Keen and bold).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ubi mel, ibi apes (English: Where there is honey, there are bees).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lux in tenebris lucet (English: A light shines in the darkness).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἰχθὺς ἐκ τὰς κεφαλῆς ὄζειν ἄρχεται (English: The fish starts to stink from the head... a political metaphor that is very apt these days).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Populo Servire Difficile. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Omnis est rex in domo sua.
Each man is king in his own home.

Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.
No one ever reached the top by being afraid.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leonis Filius et Homo, a great story about a reckless young lion.

Leo et Filius Eius

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Lupus et vulpes iudice simio, a story about two scoundrels who take each other to court: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de duobus canibus , a story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and English versions.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday song for today is O Viri, Este Hilares, a Latin version of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen."