Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 3

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 (my project from summer of 2012); this is the source for the Brevissima poster item below.

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Roma aeterna (English: Rome is eternal).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Post tempestatem tranquillum (English: After the storm, calm).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Si fuit hic asinus, non ibi fiet equus (English: If he was a donkey here, he will not become a horse there).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Homo sapiens tacebit usque ad tempus (English: A man who is wise will be silent until the right time).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Graviora Sambico patitur (English: He's suffering punishments more terrible than those of Sambicus; from Adagia 1.1.80 - Sambicus was notorious for having plundered the temples of the gods, after which he was captured by the authorities and tortured).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀλωπηκίζειν πρὸς ἑτέραν ἀλώπηκα (English: You've got to be a fox when dealing with another fox).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Asinus Animalia Fugans et Leo, a story about a lion and a self-important donkey (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Cera Lateri Invidens, one of my all-time favorite Aesop's fables.


Gaudium Mundo: The Latin holiday songs for today are: O Hanukkah, a Latin version of "The Hanukkah Song," along with Lapsi Caelo Super Gentes, a Latin version of "Angels We Have Heard on High," and the hymns Jesu, dulcis memoria and Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Latin MP3s: Gloria in Excelsis Deo and Jesu Dulcis Memoria.