Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Illustrated: Canis Villaticus


M0351 - M0352 - M0353
352. Canis Villaticus. Canes complures urbani quendam villaticum praecipiti insequebantur cursu, quamdiu ille fugit nec repugnare ausus est. At ubi, ad insequentes conversus, subsistit et dentes ipse quoque ostendere coepit, omnes pariter substiterunt nec aliquis urbanorum illi appropinquare audebat. Tunc imperator exercitus, qui ibi forte aderat, ad suos conversus milites, “Commilitones,” inquit, “hoc spectaculum nos admonet ne fugiamus, cum praesentiora fugientibus quam repugnantibus videamus imminere pericula.”

Canis Unus Audax

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M0352 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 32. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog; Perry omitted most of Abstemius’s fables. Compare the fable of the unkempt horse, #264.

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