Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Illustrated: Gallus Divinus et Vulpes


M0558 - M0559 - M0560
559. Gallus Divinus et Vulpes. Famelica vulpes ad arborem, super qua gallus consederat, accedens, exquisitis laudibus illum extollit et divinationis atque praedictionum nomine in primis, “Atque utinam,” inquit, “ea felicitas sit mea, tam eximii vatis caput ut osculari mihi concedatur.” Gallus hanc laudatori suo gratiam referre volens et praebere caput illi osculandum suum, de arbore devolat ad vulpem. Quae illum praehensum asportabat in silvas et deridebat, quod vate isto et divino nihil insipientius neque vecordius umquam se vidisse diceret.

Gallus et Vulpes

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M0559 (not in Perry). Source: Camerarius 385. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog, but you can find the story in the Speculum Sapientiae 2.15. For examples of failed human divination, see #889 and #890.

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