Friday, December 12, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 12

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are looking for more fables to read (LOTS more fables), you can download a free PDF copy of Mille Fabulae et Una: 1001 Aesop's Fables in Latin.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Idus Decembres, the day before the Ides of December.

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 Fac aut tace (English: Do, or be silent).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Quod periit, periit (English: What has perished has perished).

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 Stultus, cum ipse insipiens sit, omnes stultos aestimat (Ecc. 10:3). 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: Domum cum facis ne relinquas impolitam: When thou makest an house leave it not unfinished. By this we be bidden, that what so ever matter or affayres wee once beginne, wee bryng the same to a perfecte and full ende.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Mors et Amor. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Utere hora non reditura.
Use the moment; it will not come again.

Vultus in hostem.
Face your enemy.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Mus in Cista Natus, the story of a mouse who broadens its 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 Jupiter's wedding and a late wedding guest.

Iuppiter et Testudo


The Latin holiday songs for today are: Dum Servant Pecus Pastores, a Latin version of "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night," along with De natali Christi, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Z narodzenia Pana." You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.