Friday, August 27, 2010

Illustrated: Leo et Tauri

M0003 - M0004 - M0005

4. Leo et Tauri Duo. In duos tauros leo faciebat impetum, lautas sibi epulas quaerens. Illi, coniunctis viribus, opponunt cornua, medios ne irruere possit leo. Duobus ergo impar leo viribus, dolo agere coepit, sicque est allocutus alterum, “Amicum tuum si prodideris mihi, incolumem hinc ego te dimittam.” Qua usus fraude, facili utrumque necavit negotio.

Leo et Tauri - Osius

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Osius images. Notice that in this illustration the lion has more to tangle with than just the two bulls in the Latin story.

M0004 = Perry372. Source: Syntipas 13 (translated into Latin). This is Perry 372. In some fables there are three bulls allied with one another, and in others there are four, but in all cases the lion is able to “divide and conquer.” Compare the fable of the cat, the eagle and the pig, #396.

Here is another illustration for the story:

leo et quattuor tauri

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Barlow images. In different versions of this story, there are different numbers of bulls - here in Barlow's image you can see four bulls, but in the version I used for the book there are just two bulls to divide and conquer.


  1. Hi Laura, just a small typo:
    " in 4. Leo et Tauri. Duo". the period should come after the Duo.
    Your work is greatly apreciated,

  2. Thank you! Fixed! Luckily that was just my mistake here in the blog; the book looks okay. :-)