Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Fabula: De Equo et Asino



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: De Equo et Asino, the story of the donkey and the boastful horse. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Equus
phaleris sellaque ornatus
cum ingenti hinnitu per viam currebat.
Currenti
onustus Asellus forte obstabat,
cui Equus fremebundus:
“Quid (inquit), ignave, obsistis Equo?
Cede, inquam,
aut te proculcabo pedibus!”
Asellus, rudere non ausus,
cedit tacitus.
Equo provolanti
crepat inguen.
Tum, cursui inutilis,
ornamentis spoliatur.
Postea cum carro venientem
Asinus affatur,
“Heus mi Amice!
Quis ille ornatus est?
Ubi aurea sella?
Ubi splendidum frenum?
Sic, Amice,
necesse fuit evenire superbienti.”
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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