Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 15

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 a Pinterest user, you might enjoy following the Bestiaria Latina at Pinterest, and there is also a LatinLOLCat Board.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem duodevicesimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Fatum immutabile (English: What is fated cannot be changed).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Secundis dubiisque rectus (English: In prosperity and uncertainty, upright).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Inter simios oportet esse simium (English: Among monkeys, you need to be a monkey).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Ferrum ferro acuitur (English: Iron is sharpened with iron).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Nunc pluit, et claro nunc Iuppiter aethere fulget (English: Now Jupiter rains, and now he shines forth from the clear sky; from Adagia 1.8.65 - Jupiter IS the weather).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἐν τοῖς τόποις τυφλῶν γλάμων βασιλεύει (English: In the regions of the blind, the blear-eyed man rules).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Furor Fit Laesa Saepius Patientia. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats... in honor of winter!

Sequitur ver hiemem.
Spring follows winter.

Cogitato hiems quam longa sit.
Think how long the winter is.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Olea et Cucurbita, a fable about winter's advent in the plant world!

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Simia et Gemelli Eius, the monkey mother has twin children, but she treats each one differently (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is the lovely medieval song known as Quempas, or Quem Pastores Laudavere; you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.