Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fabula: De Iuvene et Hirundine



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: Iuvenis et Hirundo, the story of the foolish young man who misread the weather sign provided by the swallow. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Temulentus et dissolutus quidem Iuvenis,
qui patrimonium integrum decoxerat,
ipsa etiam vestimenta
solebat pro pecuniis venum dare.
Ad hoc,
ex augurio circumvolantis Hirundinis
coniciens
iam aestatem appropinquasse,
illico vestitus exuit
et seminudus in popinas delituit.
Sed, cum brumae reliquiae
redeuntes maiori frigore
saeviebant
et Hirundinem enecassent,
Iuvenis tandem
circumvagabatur
et Aviculam mortuam offendens
inquit,
“O infelicem augurem
et tui et mei infortunii!”
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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