Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 19

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 quartum decimum Kalendas Ianuarias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Perseus and Andromeda, and there are more images here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Per mille ardua (English: Through a thousand challenges).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Piscium vita haec, minorem maior ut devoret (English: This is the life of the fishes: that the greater should gobble up the smaller).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Nolite iudicare secundum faciem (English: Don't judge based on appearances).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἡ κάμηλος ἐπιθυμήσασα κεράτων, καὶ τὰ ὦτα προσαπώλεσεν (English: The camel, wanting horns, lost even its ears... which is an Aesop's fable).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Sermo Mollis Frangit Iram. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Avarus animus nullo satiatur lucro.
The greedy soul is satisfied by no amount of profit.

O pessimum periclum, quod opertum latet!
O worst possible danger, which lurks in hiding!


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo in Stabulum Ingressus, a story about timing.

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Ex sutore medicus, an "ultracrepidarian" story about a cobbler who does not stick to his last Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de aquila, testudine et corvo, a story about evil characters who cooperate: Latin text and English versions.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday song for today is a Hanukkah song: Canticum Turbonis.