Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Image: Leo, Vulpes, et Simius


M0021 - M0022 - M0023
22. Leo, Vulpes, et Simius. Leo, animalium imperio potitus, ea animalia quae honore caudae carerent exsulare e finibus regni sui iusserat. Vulpes pavefacta iam vasa colligebat, ire in exilium parans. Cui cum diceret simius, ad regis imperata iam solum vertens, edictum ad illam non pertinere, quae tantum caudae haberet ut superforet, “Verum dicis,” inquit illa, “et recte admones. Sed quo scio an me leo vel primam numerare velit inter illa quae cauda carent?” Qui vita sub tyranno agenda contigit, insons licet sit, saepe ut nocens plectitur.


Image Source: Wild Animals.

M0022 (not in Perry). Source: Faernus 97 (adapted into prose). This fable is not in Perry’s catalog, although it shares a core motif with the traditional story of the fox’s tail and the tail-less monkey, see #114. Compare also the fable about the tyranny of the eagle, #547.

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