Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 30

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 Kalendas Ianuarias.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Ad finem spero (English: I hope until the end).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Fama crescit eundo (English: Rumor grows as it goes along).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Igne semel tactus timet ignem postmodo cattus (English: The cat who has been touched once by fire, fears the fire thereafter).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Alter alterius onera portate (Gal. 6:2). 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: Multitudo imperatorum Cariam perdidit: The multitude of rules destroied the countrey of Caria. This countrey was sumtime a very florishing realme, and by the discorde and dissention of the citizens amonges themselves, while everie man strove to be a Lorde, it was brought at last to a thinge of naught. Wherfore this Proverbe advertiseth us, that nothinge is more noysome, nor more pestiferous to a common weale, then the over muche libertie of a multitude, wher no man chieflie is obeied, but everie man doth as him lusteth. This unlafull libertie or licence of the multitude is called an Anarchie. A mischiefe surely in maner worse then any Tyrannie.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Adito Laborem, Vitam Age. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Ex unguibus leonem.
You know the lion by his claws.

Crescit scribendo scribendi studium.
A zeal for writing grows by writing.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Equus Superbus et Asinus, a story of how pride goeth before a fall.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Vulpes Sine Cauda, the story of a would-be fashionable fox (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Vulpes et Cauda Detruncata

Latin Holiday Songs. Today's song is Auld Lang Syne... translated into Latin; you can find the Latin lyrics at the blog post.