Sunday, December 1, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 1

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and it is also the first day of the Gaudium Mundo, Latin holiday songs for the month of December (see bottom of post).

HODIE (Roman Calendar): 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 MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Virtute cresco (English: Through virtue I grow).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Optima medicina temperantia (English: Moderation is the best medicine)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Tempus est vitae magister (English: Time is the teacher of life). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Avaro acerba poena natura est sua (English: For the miser, his own nature is a bitter punishment).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Culicem colant, camelum deglutientes (English: They strain out a gnat, swallowing a camel; from Adagia 3.10.91).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Gloria Umbra Virtutis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Bos Fimum Evehens, a funny story about cleaning up after yourself (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Canes et Agricola Penuria, a sad story about a farmer in a time of famine.

Canes et Rusticus (de fame) - Osius

Gaudium Mundo: The Latin holiday songs for today are: Rudolphus, a Latin version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," along with the Latin hymns Puer Natus in Bethlehem and Beata Visceraplus Laetissimam famam, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Wesołą nowinę." Latin MP3s: Beata Viscera and Puer Natus in Bethlehem.