Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 10

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.

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

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Liberos erudi (English: Teach your children).

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 Latet anguis in herba (English: A snake hides in the grass).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Vigilate, quia nescitis diem neque horam (English: Be watchful, for you do not know the day nor the hour).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Croeso ditior (English: Richer than Croesus; from Adagia 1.6.74).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἀλωπηκίζειν πρὸς ἑτέραν ἀλώπηκα (English: To play the fox with the other fox - outfox the fox!).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Honos habet onus.
Public office is a burden.

Bona res quies.
Rest is a good thing.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes et Uva, the famous story of the supposedly sour grapes (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lupus et Puer Mendax, the famous story of the boy who cried wolf.

Puer Mendax


The Latin holiday songs for today are: Musicus Parvulus, a Latin version of "Little Drummer Boy," along with Conditor Alme Siderum and also Angelus pastoribus, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Anioł pasterzom mówił." You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.