Monday, December 29, 2008

Fabula: De Avibus et Quadrupedibus



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: De Avibus et Quadrupedibus, the story of what happened to the bat during the war of the birds and the beasts. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Avibus
cum Bestiis
asperrima pugna erat,
utrimque spes,
utrimque ingens metus,
utrimque periculum,
cum Vespertilio,
relictis sociis,
ad hostem defecit.
Ad postremum
vincunt Aves,
duce et auspice Aquila.
Transfugam vero
Vespertilionem damnant,
ut nunquam iterum inter Aves numeretur,
nec amplius in luce videatur.
Et haec causa est
cur Vespertilio
nunquam, nisi nocte, volat.
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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