Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fabula: De Cane et Umbra



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: De Cane et Umbra, the story of the famous story of the dog and his reflection as he was crossing a stream. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Canis quidam,
tranans fluvium,
vorabunda fauce
vehebat carnem,
splendente sole,
et (ut plerumque fit)
umbra carnis
lucebat in aquis.
Quam avide captans,
quod in rictu oris erat
perdiderat.
Quo infortunio perculsus,
huc illuc
vagos circumtulit ocellos
et, tandem animum recipiens,
sic elatravit:
“Miserae deerat cupiditati modus!
Satis superque esset
ni desipuissem.
Iam tota spes et res
in fundo perierunt.”
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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