Thursday, December 24, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 24

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives.

Iucundissimum festum Nativitatis exopto, plenum laetitae atque felicitatis vobis et vestris.

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

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nemo sibi nascitur (English: No one is born for himself alone).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Fata viam invenient (English: The Fates will find a way).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Verus amator erit, qui me plus quam mea quaerit (English: The true lover will be the one who wants me more than he wants mine).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Benedicite et nolite maledicere (Romans 12:14). 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: Nec omnia, nec passim, nec ab omnibus: Neither all thinges, nor in al places, nor of all men. This Proverbe teacheth us, that in takinge of rewardes, wee shewe oure selves not only shamefast, but also ware and circumspecte. For there be some thinges, whiche is not seminge for a man to take. There is also a place and time, that it where much better for one to refuse the gifte that is offered than to take it. And againe there be some, of whom it is no honestie, to receive anie gifte.

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

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Magna opera Domini.
Great are the works of the Lord.

Bibe cum gaudio vinum tuum.
Drink your wine with joy.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Poeta et Agricola, a story for those of you who are overwhelmed by holiday socializing (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Lepus, Canis, et Caprarius, a story about having skin in the game.

Lepus, Canis et Caprarius

Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is En, Nocte Venit Media, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" translated into Latin; you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.