Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Image: Aquila et Regulus


M0410 - M0411 - M0412
411. Aquila et Regulus. De celeritate volandi contendisse ferunt aliquando aquilam et regulum (est autem parvulus ales omnium maxime is qui hoc nomine appellatur). Atque, certamine instituto, clanculum supra dorsum aquilae consedit regulus, et sic deportatus ad praefinitum locum subito inde evolavit, et ita antevertit.



M0411 = Perry434. Source: Camerarius 503. This is Perry 434. The name of the regulus bird is ironic, of course: he is not the rex, but is nevertheless a regulus. In modern scientific classification, the Regulus regulus is the name of the English goldcrest, a tiny sparrow which is the smallest European bird, about 3-4 inches in length and weighing as little as 5 grams. Despite his tiny size, his golden crown may have earned him the name of “little king.” Compare the story of the fox and the turtle, #639.

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