Saturday, August 28, 2010

Illustrated: Mus et Rana, Decertantes


M0197 - M0198 - M0199
198. Mus et Rana, Decertantes. Post longe exercita odia, mus et rana in bellum ruebant. Causa certaminis erat de paludis imperio. Anceps pugna fuit. Mus insidias sub herbis struebat et, improviso Marte, ranam adoritur. Rana, viribus melior et pectore insultuque valens, hostem aggreditur. Hasta utrique erat iuncea et paribus formosa nodis. Sed, certamine procul viso, milvus adproperat, dumque prae pugnae studio neuter sibi cavebat, bellatores ambos egregie pugnantes milvus secum attollit laniatque.

mus et rana

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Barlow images. Notice how the mouse is riding a weasel as his steed, and the frog is riding a lobster. Quite a battle!

M0198 = Perry384. Source: Barlow’s Aesop 35. This is Perry 384. Mars, the Roman god of war, stands here as a synonym for war itself. For a quite different version of the story of the frog and the mouse, see #602. Read a Fabula Facilis version of this fable.

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