Friday, January 16, 2009

Fabula: De Agricola et Ciconia



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: De Agricola et Ciconia, the story of the stork who was caught by accident and tried to beg for mercy based on her very good reputation. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Laqueum praetendit Rusticus
gruibus anseribusque,
sata depascentibus.
Capitur et Ciconia.
Supplicat illa
et innocentem sese clamitat,
nec gruem nec anserem esse,
sed avium omnium optimam,
quippe quae
parentibus sedulo inservire
eundemque senio confectum
alere consueverat.
Agricola:
“Horum (inquit) nihil me fugit;
verum
cum nocentibus postquam te cepi,
cum nocentibus morieris.”
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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