Sunday, August 22, 2010

Illustrated: Leo et Acies Eius


M0018 - M0019 - M0020
19. Leo et Acies Eius. Leo, rex quadrupedum, adversus volucres pugnaturus, suorum acies instruebat. Interrogatus autem ab urso quid ei asini inertia aut leporis timiditas ad victoriam conferre possent, quos ibi inter ceteros milites adesse cernebat, respondit, “Asinus tubae suae clangore milites ad pugnam concitabit; lepus vero ob pedum celeritatem tabellarii fungetur officio.” Fabula significat neminem adeo contemptibilem qui aliqua re nobis prodesse non possit.

Leo Imperator

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Billinghurst images. Just as the fable tells us, even the donkey and the rabbit have their place in the lion's retinue!

M0019 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 95. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. For a story where the donkey is not so well received in the lion’s court, see #232.

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