Saturday, August 21, 2010

Illustrated: Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus


M0085 - M0086 - M0087
86. Lupus Ovis Pelle Indutus. Lupus, ovis pelle indutus, ovium se immiscuit gregi quotidieque aliquam ex eis occidebat. Quod cum pastor animadvertisset, illum in altissima arbore suspendit. Interrogantibus autem ceteris pastoribus cur ovem suspendisset, aiebat, “Pellis quidem, ut videtis, est ovis; opera autem erant lupi.”

Lupus in Pelle Ovis

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M0086 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 76. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. The notion of the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” is also a Biblical motif, as in Matthew 7: Attendite a falsis prophetis, qui veniunt ad vos in vestimentis ovium, intrinsecus autem sunt lupi rapaces. Compare the fable of the donkey in the lion’s skin, #234. Read a Fabula Facilis version of this fable.

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