Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 11

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. I've also got two different Pinterest Boards going now: Gaudium Mundo and the Latin LOLCats. :-)

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

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Vivamus atque amemus (English: Let us live and love).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Optima citissime pereunt (English: The best things pass away the most quickly).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Laudatur nummus, quasi rex super omnia summus (English: Cash is praised as if it were the greatest king of all things).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Qui ambulat in tenebris, nescit quo vadat (John 12:35). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Conybeare: Graculo cum fidibus nihil: The Jaye hath nought to doe with the harpe, spoken of them which lacking eloquence or good letters, do skorne them that have good learning.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mus in Cista Natus, a story about a mouse broadening his horizons (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Testudo et Iuppiter, the story of how the turtle got its shell.

Iuppiter et Testudo

GAUDIUM MUNDO:  The Latin holiday songs for today are Dum Servant Pecus Pastores, a Latin version of "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night," and Avia Renone Calcabatur, from the the "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" song, plus Personent hodie, a medieval Latin hymn.