Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fabula: De Gallo Gallinaceo



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: Gallus Gallinaceus, the story of the rooster who found a jewel in the manure. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Gallus gallinaceus,
dum armato pede
sterquilinium dissipando disiicit,
invenit gemmam:
“Quid (inquiens)
rem tam fulgurantem reperio?
Si gemmarius invenisset,
laetabundus exultaret,
quippe qui scivit pretium.
Mihi quidem
nulli est usui,
nec magni aestimo.
Unum etenim hordei granum
est mihi longe pretiosius
quam omnes gemmae,
quamvis ad invidiam micent diei
opprobriumque solis.”
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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