Friday, April 3, 2009

Fabula: De Quercu et Arundine



Today's podcast is the audio for one of the fables in Barlow's Aesop: De Quercu et Arundine, the story of the inflexible oak and the pliant reed. You can find out more about this fable - including grammar commentary and English translation - at the Aesopus.Ning.com website.
Validiore vento effracta
Quercus
huc illuc
in amnem praecipitata
fluitat
et, ramis suis in Arundine forte fixis,
haeret
miraturque
Arundinem
in tanto turbine stare incolumem.
Arundo respondet
cedendo et declinando
se esse tutam;
inclinare se etenim
ad Boream, ad Notum, ad Eurum,
denique ad omnem flatum;
nec mirum esse
si Quercus exciderit,
quae non cedere,
sed resistere molita est.
Here is the illustration of the fable by Francis Barlow:

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