Thursday, December 7, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 7

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 septimum Idus Decembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Heracles and the Mares of Diomedes, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Sapiens non eget (English: The wise man does not lack anything).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Omnes terra sumus (English: We are all earth).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Non est tam fortis, qui rumpat vincula mortis (English: There is no man strong enough to break the bonds of death).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Stultus omnes stultos aestimat (Ecc. 10:3). 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 Pulchra Vestis. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Sero in periculis est consilium quaerere.
When danger's arrived, it's late to be making a plan.

Libri muti magistri sunt.
Books are silent teachers.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leo et Iaculator, a story in which the lion gets a warning about danger from a distance.

Sagittarius, Leo et Vulpes

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Asinus et leo venantes, a story about a boastful ass and a lion who knows better: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de homine et serpente, a story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and English versions.


GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday song for today is Angelus ad Virginem.




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: December 3

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 tertium Nonas Decembres.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows Venus, Pygmalion and the Statue, and there are more images here.


TODAY'S MOTTOES and PROVERBS:

3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word verb-less motto is Sagax et audax (English: Keen and bold).

ANIMAL PROVERBS: Today's animal proverb is Ubi mel, ibi apes (English: Where there is honey, there are bees).

POLYDORUS: Today's proverb from Polydorus is: Lux in tenebris lucet (English: A light shines in the darkness).

GREEK PROVERBS: Today's proverb is Ἰχθὺς ἐκ τὰς κεφαλῆς ὄζειν ἄρχεται (English: The fish starts to stink from the head... a political metaphor that is very apt these days).

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Populo Servire Difficile. Click here for a full-sized view.


And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:



Omnis est rex in domo sua.
Each man is king in his own home.

Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.
No one ever reached the top by being afraid.

TODAY'S FABLES:

MILLE FABULAE: The English translation for today from the Mille Fabulae et Una book is Leonis Filius et Homo, a great story about a reckless young lion.

Leo et Filius Eius

PHAEDRI FABULAE: The illustrated fable from Phaedrus for today is Lupus et vulpes iudice simio, a story about two scoundrels who take each other to court: Latin text and Smart's translation.


STEINHOWEL: The illustrated fable from Steinhowel for today is de duobus canibus , a story about how no good deed goes unpunished: Latin text and English versions.


GAUDIUM MUNDO: The Latin holiday song for today is O Viri, Este Hilares, a Latin version of "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen."



Friday, December 1, 2017

Special Edition: Gaudium Mundo

I am pleased to announce the eleventh annual Gaudium Mundo, a month of holiday songs in Latin. The calendar of songs begins today, the Kalends of December, with Rudolphus, a Latin version of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," along with the Latin hymns Puer Natus in Bethlehem and Beata Viscera, plus Laetissimam famam, a Latin version of the Polish carol, "Wesołą nowinę."

Each song has its own page at the blog, and where possible I've included YouTube videos with music. For Rudolph, there is even a plain-chant version:



Isn't that marvelous?

If people have suggestions or additions, please let me know. The collection has grown tremendously over the years thanks to the help of so many people: thanks to you all!

And I have something new this year: In addition to the date-based 200-pixel wide script or 400-pixel wide script, there is now a randomized script too, not date-based. You can see that script in action below: