Monday, August 23, 2010

Illustrated: Viatores et Somnia Eorum


M0923 - M0924 - M0925

924. Viatores et Somnia Eorum. Faciebant iter tres communiter, cibosque secum tulere. Duo contra tertium, consilium ineunt quo sua illum portione fraudent. “Cibus,” inquiunt, “non satis est futurus universis; placet igitur nobis eum potiri hoc solum qui maxime admirabile somnium viderit.” Ergo ad somnum capiendum componunt corpora sua. Cum dormirent duo illi, fugit tertius et, esuriens, cibum absumit totum. Postea, experrecti illi duo somnia narrant. Unus “Quam mirum,” inquit, “somnium vidi: visus mihi sum videre arripi magna procella et ante Iovis solium sisti.” Cui alter, “Et ego vidi me similiter impetu quodam venti deferri et in Ditis regia constitui.” Tertius “At ego,” inquit, “mihi visus sum videre unum vestrum raptari in caelum, alterum ad inferos deferri. Numquam igitur redituros vos esse ratus, cibum comedi totum.”

Somniatores

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the colored Steinhowel images. You can see the sly fellow eating the food while the other two are sleeping!

M0924 (not in Perry). Source: Camerarius 259 (shortened). This fable is not included in Perry’s catalog, but you can find the story in the Gesta Romanorum 172, De Tribus Sociis. For stories about actual dreams, see the oxen and the farmer, #285, or the donkey and his dream, #250.

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