Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fabula: De Vitula et Bove

Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: De Vitula et Bove, the story of the silly heifer and the hard-working ox. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the website.
Mollis et lasciva Vitula,
cum Bovem
agricolae aculeo agitatum et arantem
Sed, cum immolationis dies affuit,
Bos, a iugo liberatus,
per pascua vagabatur.
Vitula vero,
ut immolaretur,
retenta est.
Quod cum Bos conspicatur,
subridens ait,
“Heus Vitula,
ideo non laborabas:
ut immolareris!”
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:


jc45h said...

The sad truth today is that most bovines in this country do not see the light of day but are imprisoned inside a dark, crowded, dirty barn for three or four years, after which they are slaughtered, though they would normally live to about twenty-five. Often they are forced to stand for long periods or even sleep in their own waste. Those kept alive by "work" [e.g. dairy cows pumped with hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals so as to produce ten times the amount of milk per day that they would under natural conditions]are more often than not so tortured by the soulless features of confinement farming that it would be unsurprising to learn that they envied those calves torn from them at birth and butchered then or soon thereafter. The ongoing stress most cows here endure is so great that cancer, neurological disease, mastitis, laminitis, etc. are rampant among them and are almost certainly responsible for the cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis epidemics within the human population. Although the field of animal law here is growing daily, there is still virtually no legal protection in the United States for farm animals, even of the sort that exists within every nation of the European Union. Are there any humans out there writing Latin fables about factory farms?

Laura Gibbs said...

If you write them, I will be glad to publish them!!! Although writing such fables in English (like James Agee's A Mother's Tale - WOW, what an awesome fable about factory farming...) will probably reach a wider audience than anything you write in Latin.