Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fabula: De Columbis et Accipitre



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: Columbae et Accipiter, the story of the foolish doves who elected the hawk as their king. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Columbae olim
cum Milvo
haud incruentum gerebant bellum
et, ut Milvum penitus expugnarent,
delegerunt sibi regem Accipitrem.
Qui rex factus,
hostem agit, non regem.
Nam, non segnius ac Milvus,
Columbas rapit laniatque.
Paenitebat igitur Columbas incepti,
satius fuisse
putantes
bella pati Milvi
quam Accipitris subire tyrannidem.
There is no illustration of this fable in Barlow, but here is an illustration from the 1479 Steinhowel edition of Aesop's fables:

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