Monday, October 25, 2010

Image: Lupus et Histrix


M0096 - M0097 - M0098
97. Lupus et Histrix. Lupus esuriens in histricem intenderat animum, quem tamen quia sagittis undique munitus erat invadere non audebat. Excogitata autem eum perdendi astutia, illi suadere coepit ne pacis tempore tantum telorum onus tergore portaret, quandoquidem ne alii quidem sagittarii, nisi cum proelii tempus instaret, portarent. Cui histrix “Adversum lupum,” inquit, “semper proeliandi tempus esse credendum est.”


Here is a histrix from the Bestiaria Latina Zoo.

M0097 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 69. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. Compare the story of the fox and the boar sharpening his tusks, #149.

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