Sunday, December 15, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 15

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you have not downloaded a free PDF copy of Brevissima: 1001 Tiny Latin Poems, it's ready and waiting, and so is Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin.

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Pulsanti aperietur (English: It will be opened to the one who knocks).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Secundis dubiisque rectus (English: In prosperity and uncertainty, upright).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Inter simios oportet esse simium (English: Among monkeys, you need to be a monkey).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nolite iudicare secundum faciem (English: Don't judge based on appearances).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Nunc pluit, et claro nunc Iuppiter aethere fulget (English: Now Jupiter rains, and now he shines forth from the clear sky; from Adagia 1.8.65 - a proverb that shows very nicely how the name Jupiter in Latin can also mean "weather").

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἔφυγον κακὸν ἑῦρον ἄμεινον (English: I fled what was bad; I found better).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Res Male Parta. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Olea et Cucurbita, the story of the olive tree who was jealous of the gourd.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Gemelli Eius, the story of the monkey mother and how differently she treats her two children (this fable has a vocabulary list).

GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday songs for today are: Gaudete, on the occasion of Gaudete Sunday, along with O SanctissimaAngelus ad Virginem and Verbum supernum prodiens. There is also Cur hodie nocte, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Dlaczego dzisiaj wśród nocy dnieje."