Sunday, December 31, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 31

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. This is the last post of 2017: Felicia novi anni auspicia!

HODIE (Roman Calendar): pridie Kalendas Ianuarias, the day before the Kalends of the New Year

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


TINY MOTTOES: Today's tiny motto is: Annuit coeptis (English: He has favored our beginnings).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word verb-less proverb is Auri fames imperiosa (English: Hunger for gold is overwhelming)

AUDIO PROVERBS: Today's audio Latin proverb is Asinus asino et sus sui pulcher (English: One donkey is beautiful to another, one pig is beautiful to another). To read a brief essay about this proverb and to listen to the audio, visit the Latin Via Proverbs blog.

ERASMUS' ANIMALS: Today's animal proverb from Erasmus is :Simia in purpura (English. A monkey in royal robes; from Adagia 1.7.10... sadly a proverb for our times).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ira Propter Vitium Virtus. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Si vis amari, ama.
If you want to be loved, love.

Perge audacter.
Go boldly.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo Epulum Faciens, a story about how hard it is to try to please everyone.

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Ovis, canis, et lupus, a story about a sheep who is wronged by a dog and a wolf, but who witnesses at least a kind of justice in the end: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de fure malo et sole, a story about a thief and why that thief is like the sun: Latin text and English versions.

GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday song for today is Auld Lang Syne... in Latin!