Sunday, October 29, 2017

M0003. Leo Furens et Caprea

M0002 - M0003 + English - M0004

3. Leo Furens et Caprea. Conspecto leone furente, “O miseram et infelicem conditionem bestiarum,” inquit caprea, “siquidem etiam furiosos habiturae sumus leones, quorum mentis et rationis compotum saevitiam intolerabilem esse experimur.

Leo Mente Captus et Caprea

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M0003 = Perry341. Source: Camerarius 149. This is Perry 341. Compare the frog’s alarm about the angry bulls, #608. There is a Greek version in Babrius.

3. The Raging Lion and the Goat. When she saw the lion in a rage, the she-goat said, "O the wretched and unhappy lives of animals, if we have to cope with lions in a rage, when we know their savageness to be unbearable even when they are sound in mind and thought."


  1. quorum mentis et rationis compotum saevitiam intolerabilem esse experimur.”
    of whom composed in mind and reason we know their savagery to be intolerable.
    for some reason I found it difficult to modify quorum with compos. A very concise fable.

  2. Essential relative clauses like that are the trickiest because you can't just shunt them off into a separate sentence of their own.

  3. Dear Laura, I like your blog very much, and I follow your comments very attentively.
    Could you please relate grammarly the phrase "mentis et rationis compotum" to the rest of the sentence?
    It is simple for me to understand the phrase "compos mentis et rationis", but why is "compotum" in the Genitive?
    Many thanks in advance!

    1. It goes there with the quorum: the savageness OF the lions even when they are sound in mind (quorum compotum). It works so easily in Latin, but in English we have to make the word-connections either by strict rules of order or by actually adding in some more words for clarity. :-)

  4. Thank you indeed! And have a nice weekend!