Saturday, August 21, 2010

Illustrated: Simia et Gemelli Eius

M0107 - M0108 + English - M0109

108. Simia et Gemelli Eius. Simia, ut ferunt, cum peperit gemellos, alterum diligit, alterum negligit. Erat puerpera cum gemellis atque, cum incidisset terror, vitatura periculum, dilectum prehendit ulnis. Quem, dum praeceps fugitat, collidit petrae atque enecat. Neglectus autem, qui in hirsuto haeserat tergo fugientis, mansit incolumis.

Simia et Gemelli Eius

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Bennett images, who has a delightful way of imagining the animal characters in human form!

M0108 = Perry218. Source: Avianus 35 (adapted into prose). This is Perry 218. Pliny’s Natural History mentions that monkeys sometimes kill their children by hugging them too tightly. The legend of the monkey’s twin offspring, one fortunate and one unfortunate, became part of the bestiary tradition. Compare the story of the two trees, #713.