Monday, August 23, 2010

Illustrated: Hercules et Rusticus


M0803 - M0804 - M0805

804. Hercules et Rusticus. Rustici aratrum haeret in profundo luto. Mox prostratus, Herculem implorat, cum statim vox a caelo auditur: “Inepte, flagellato equos et ipse totis viribus umerisque annitere rotis! Et deinde Herculem invocato! Tunc enim tibi propitius Hercules aderit.” Fabula innuit quod otiosa vota nihil prosunt; iuva temet, et ipse te adiuvabit Deus.

 Hercules et Rusticus

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M0804 = Perry291. Source: Barlow’s Aesop 53. This is Perry 291. Compare the story of the shipwrecked Athenian, #790. For another story about invoking the god Hercules, see the story of the flea, #703.

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