Monday, December 8, 2014

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 8

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

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

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Amicus amico (English: A friend to a friend).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Parietes amicitiae custodes (English: Walls are the guardians of friendship).

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Lupus in fabula (English: The wolf in conversation... in other words "speak of the devil"). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS: Today's proverb from Publilius Syrus is: Ubi peccat aetas maior, male discit minor (English: When the older generation makes mistakes, the younger learns a bad lesson).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Non missura cutem, nisi plena cruoris hirudo (English: The leech won't let go of your skin until it's full of blood; from Adagia 2.4.84).

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

O fallax rerum copia!
O the deceitful abundance of things!

Patria mea totus hic mundus est.
My homeland is this whole world.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Fur et Mater Eius, the shocking story of a thief and his mother.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Formica Transformata, the story of how the ant was once a man (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Homo Formica Factus


The Latin holiday songs for today are: Angeli Canunt Praecones, a Latin version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," along with Silentio noctis, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Wśród nocnej ciszy." You can find more at the Gaudium Mundo blog.