Saturday, December 16, 2017

M0014: Leo in Stabulum Ingressus

M0013 - M0014 + English - M0015

14. Leo in Stabulum Ingressus. Leo in agricolae stabulum ingressus erat, quem cum agricola comprehendere vellet, stabuli portam continuo clausit. Belua ita inclusa, cum egredi ullo modo nequiret, primum quidem pecudes discerpsit, ac deinde ad boves quoque sternendos se convertit. Tunc sibi agricola metuens, ianuam subito reseravit. Ita, leone digresso, cum mulier gementem virum vidisset, “Tibi quidem digna,” ait, “evenere. Quonam enim consilio eum hic claudere voluisti, quem procul etiam formidare oportebat?”

Image Source: Growling Lion.

M0014 = Perry144. Source: De Furia 93. This is Perry 144. Compare the fable of the wolf in the sheepfold, #366, or the man who let a fox into the henhouse, #367.

14. The Lion who Entered into the Stable. A lion entered a farmer's stable. When the farmer sought to catch him, he quickly closed the door of the stable. The beast, thus shut in, when he could not in any way get out, first tore the sheep to pieces, and then he directed his efforts to laying low the cattle as well. Then the farmer, fearing for himself, immediately unlocked the gate. Then, whent he lion had gone away, the wife saw her husband weeping and said, "It's turned out as you deserved. For what reason did you want to shut him in, since he is someone you should fear even at a distance?"


  1. Can't believe I misread sterno as sternuo.! They are so similar, that I have made up a false etymology between them, on the basis that sneezing often lays one low! deliberate False etymology is quite useful as a mnemonic.

    1. Ha ha, my Latin prof. in grad school was a collector of folklore related to sneezing. It's a fun field, fun vocabulary; here's sneeze etymology for English: SNEEZE :-)

  2. Also, in a vague way, many basic words are onomatopoeic: sneeze included: snort, snooze, snout, snot, sniff. Don't ask me whether it's the sound of an abrupt intake of breath, or more figuratively, that a certain sound describes an object or action, here the sound of snout, or nasus, or nariz, describes the soft spongy bilateral object on most animals faces. Of course, the sound might seem appropriate to me because of backwards association!