Monday, December 28, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 28

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 quintum Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


TINY PROVERBS: Today's tiny proverb is: Ita vita (English: Such is life).

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Nihil sine labore (English: Nothing without hard work).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Camelus, cupiens cornua, aures perdidit (English: The camel, hoping for horns, lost its ears... as told in an Aesop's fable).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Omnia probate, quod bonum est, tenete (English: Try all things; what is good, keep).

PROPER NAME PROVERBS: Today's proper name proverb from Erasmus is Laconicas lunas causaris (English: You're blaming the Spartan moons; from Adagia 2.5.25 - The Spartans were superstitious of the moon in their dealings, dating back to a law attributed to Lycrgus that they could not declare war except at the full moon).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Φιλεῖν ἀκαίρως ἴσον ἐστὶ τῷ μισεῖν (English: To love at the wrong moment is the same as to hate).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Quid Saxo Magis Durum?. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Omne trium perfectum.
Everything that comes in threes is perfect.

Amicos cole.
Cherish your friends.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Haedus et Lupus Fores Pulsans, the story of a wise little kid (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Vespertilio Perfidus, a story about a bat who tries to take both sides in a war.

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Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is XII Dies Natalis, the "Twelve Days of Christmas" translated into Latin; you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.