Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 20

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. For those of you interested in javascript widgets, including Canvas-friendly widgets, I made one that features free books online with stories from ancient Greece and Rome, at random; you can see how it works here: Free Classical Books Online.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem tertium decimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Alcestis Taking the Place of Admetus, and there are more images here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Mens immota manet (English: My mind remains unmoved).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Medice, cura teipsum (English: Physician, heal yourself).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Saepe etiam stultus fuit opportuna locutus (English: Often even the fool has said something to the point).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Comede in laetitia panem tuum et bibe cum gaudio vinum tuum (Ecc. 9:7). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Auctores Veteres et Recentes. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

In tenebris salto.
I take a leap in the shadows.

Quo altior gradus, tanto profundior casus.
The higher the station, the greater the fall.


MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Tubicen Captus., the story of a noncombatant.

FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Membra et Venter, the famous fable of the revolt against the stomach (this fable has a vocabulary list).

Membra et Venter

Gaudium Mundo. Today's holiday song is O Parve Vice Bethlehem, a.k.a. "O Little Town of Bethlehem," rendered into Latin several different ways.