Saturday, December 26, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 26

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 septimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Vincula temno (English: I scorn bondage).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Conscientia mille testes (English: Conscience is a thousand witnesses)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Collecta dirige, electa age (an English version of the military OODA: observe - orient - decide - act). 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: Poena ad malum serpens, iam cum properat, venit (English: Punishment comes creeping up on the evil man, even when he's running away).

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is Simia in purpura (English: A monkey in royal robes; from Adagia 1.7.10 ... needless to say, a monkey in royal robes is still a monkey!).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Lucem Diei in Lecto Videns. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Unus amicorum animus.
Friends have a single soul.

Ars gratia artis.
Art for art's sake.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Apes et Pastor, a story about how honey has its stings (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Corvus Aquilam Imitans, a story about a crow who thinks he's an eagle.

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Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is Rex Wenceslaus, the story of King Wenceslas in Latin; you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.