Saturday, December 1, 2012

Round-Up: December 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. Today marks the beginning of the Latin holiday songs of December for 2012! See the Gaudium Mundo site for more information - including a widget you can add to your own site.

HODIE: Kalendae Decembres, the calends of December!

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Scito teipsum (English: Know yourself).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Virtute et sapientia (English: With excellence and wisdom).

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

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Talis hominum oratio, qualis vita (English: Such as a man's speech might be, so it his life).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Alterum pedem in cymba Charontis habet (English: He's got one foot in the skiff of Charon - in other words, he's half-dead already; from Adagia 2.1.52).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἰχθὺς ἐκ τὰς κεφαλῆς ὄζειν ἄρχεται (English: The fish starts to stink from the head down ... a saying about fish - and about human organizations!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich for today is Facies Veneris: Quid facies, facies Veneris cum veneris ante? / Ne sedeas, sed eas, ne pereas per eas.

And here is today's proverbial lolcat:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Ranae et Sol, the story of the frogs and the marriage of the sun (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canes et Agricola Penuria, a story about animals in desperate times.

LATIN HOLIDAY SONGS: The Latin holiday songs for today are: Rudolphus, a Latin version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," along with Puer Natus in Bethlehem and and also Laetissimam famam, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Wesołą nowinę."