Friday, December 11, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 11

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 free PDF copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: #PDF Tribute to Aaron Swartz

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

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Miscui utile dulci (English: I have mixed the useful with the sweet).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Semper Saturnalia agere (English: To be always celebrating Saturnalia).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Esuriens venter manducat cruda libenter (English: The hungry stomach gladly eats raw food).

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 Noli Canem Irritare. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Bonus liber amicus optimus.
A good book is your best friend.

Sape et tace.
Be wise and keep quiet.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Sol et Stellae, in which the sun is triumphant (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Testudo et Iuppiter, the story of how the tortoise got its shell.

Iuppiter et Testudo

Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is Personent hodie, a medieval Latin hymn; you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.