Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Illustrated: Leo Iratus et Puteus


M0001 - M0002 - M0003
2. Leo Iratus et Puteus. Leo olim, iratus et odio furens, dum leonem alium elapsum quaerit quem mactet, in puteum offendit. Inspicit; suam imaginem in liquore pictam videt. Sibi credit hunc hostem adesse quem vult; irruit, et perit. Saepe furiosi plus sibi quam aliis nocent.

Leo et Puteus

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Kalila-wa-Dimna images from this manuscript. This image does not match the Aesop exactly; here you see a more elaborate story where the rabbit purposefully leads the lion to the well, shows him the reflection, and prompts the lion to anger.

M0002 (not in Perry). Source: Desbillons 8.20 (adapted into prose). This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; in the Panchatantra there is an elaborate story about a rabbit who fools a lion into thinking that the lion’s reflection in a well is a rival lion. Compare the story of the dog and his reflection, #348.

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