Monday, December 23, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 23

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 decimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nemo sibi nascitur (English: No one is born for himself alone).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Fata viam invenient (English: The Fates will find a way).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Pone gulae metas, ut sit tibi longior aetas (English: Put limits to your gluttony so that you may have a longer life - you need medieval pronunciation to make that rhyme: metas/etas).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Benedicite et nolite maledicere (Romans 12:14). 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 Taverner: Nec omnia, nec passim, nec ab omnibus: Neither all thinges, nor in al places, nor of all men. This Proverbe teacheth us, that in takinge of rewardes, wee shewe oure selves not only shamefast, but also ware and circumspecte. For there be some thinges, whiche is not seminge for a man to take. There is also a place and time, that it where much better for one to refuse the gifte that is offered than to take it. And againe there be some, of whom it is no honestie, to receive anie gifte.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Iustum Petito. 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 Avarus et Fur, a story about a miser and his useless and unused wealth.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Gallus et Ancillae, a wonderful story of unintended consequences (this fable has a vocabulary list).

GAUDIUM MUNDODecember 22. The Latin holiday songs for today are: O Parve Vice Bethlehem, a Latin version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," along with the hymns Veni, Veni, Emmanuel! and Flos de radice Jesse.