Thursday, December 18, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 18

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): ante diem quintum decimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Certa bonum certamen (English: Fight the good fight).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Amor tollit timorem (English: Love removes fear).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe etiam stultus fuit opportuna locutus (English: Often even the fool has said something to the point).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Non in pane solo vivet homo (Matt. 4:4). 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: Iustitia in se virtutem complectitur omnem: Justice compriseth in it al vertue. He that is a perfect righteous or iust man, without question lacketh no vertue.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Vive in diem.
Live for the day.

Volens et valens
Willing and able.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Accipiter Columbam Insequens, a story of bird karma (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Nux Secundum Viam Sata, a story of environmental ingratitude.

Nux (1550)


The Latin holiday songs for today are: Heu! quid jaces stabulo, a 15th-century hymn, and also Heri nocte prima, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "A wczoraj z wieczora." You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.