Thursday, January 4, 2018

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: January 4

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables, the first post of 2018 - 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): pridie Nonas Ianuaria, the day before the Nones of January.

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


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is In omnia promptus (English: Eager for all things ... a positive thought for the start of the year).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Viscum fugiens, avis in laqueos incidit (English: Fleeing the snare, the bird falls into the net ... much like "out of the frying pan, into the fire").

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Gratis accepistis, gratis date (English: You have taken freely; give freely).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Νεκρὸς οὐ δάκνει (English: A dead man cannot bite).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Ut Faustus Sis. Click here for a full-sized view.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno.
One for all, all for one.

Non mare transisset, pavidus si nauta fuisset.
The sailor would not have crossed the sea if he had been afraid.


MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Catus, a story about the lion who wanted to please everyone.

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Canis parturiens, a story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and Smart's translation.

STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is Lupus et Grus, a story about a good deed that goes unrewarded: Latin text and English versions.

And there are no more Latin holiday songs... but there is Latin LOLBaby! Fortis cadere, cedere non potest! More at Tu quoque, Enzo.