Sunday, November 7, 2010

Illustrated: Asinus et Vitulus

M0224 - M0225 - M0226
225. Asinus et Vitulus. Asinus et vitulus, in eodem pascentes prato, sonitu campanae hostilem exercitum adventare praesenserant. Tum vitulus “Fugiamus hinc, O sodalis,” inquit, “ne hostes nos captivos abducant.” Cui asinus “Fuge tu,” inquit, “quem hostes occidere et esse consueverunt. Asini nihil interest, cui ubique eadem ferendi oneris est proposita conditio.”

asinus rubos comedens

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Barlow images. This is an image for a different fable but I thought it fit this one nicely too, since the donkey is definitely bearing a load but enjoying a bite to eat at the moment.

M0225 (not in Perry). Source: Abstemius 8. This fable is not in Perry’s catalog, but Perry 476 is a very similar story about an old man and a donkey. For a fable where the young ox is indeed butchered, see #278.