Monday, October 4, 2010

Illustrated: Coclea et Iuppiter


M0640 - M0641 - M0642
641. Coclea et Iuppiter. Cum Iuppiter ab exordio mundi singulis animalibus munera quae petiissent elargiretur, coclea ab eo petiit ut domum suam posset circumferre. Interrogata a Iove quare tale ab eo munus exposceret, quod illi grave et molestum futurum erat, “Malo,” inquit, “tam grave onus perpetuo ferre quam, cum mihi libuerit, malum vicinum non posse vitare.”

Iuppiter et Coclea

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the 1590 Aesop images. You can see the snail there at the foot of Zeus's throne.

M0641 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 71. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. Compare the fable about the turtle and her shell, #633.

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