Aesopi Fabula de Vulpe et Leone

I just realized how text-heavy the diyclassics site is. So here’s a fable from Adamus Knopff’s 1551 edition of Aesop, which as the title page notes are elegantissimis eiconibus veras animalium species ad vivum adumbrantes. The volume also includes the four-line fables of Gabria, the Batrachomyomachia, the Galeomyomachia—wasn’t aware of this one, a battle of cats and mice presented as a Greek tragedy—as well as a substantial Vita Aesopi written by Planudes. The title page assures us—Haec omnia cum Latina interpretatione.

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Vulpes et Leo
Vulpes cum numquam vidisset Leonem, cum ei casu quodam occurrisset, primum sic timuit, ut ferme moretetur. Deinde cum secundo vidisset, timuit certe, non tamen ut prius: tertio autem cum ipsum vidisset, sic contra eum ausa est, ut & accederet & colloqueretur.

Fabula significat, conversatione terribilia quoque accessu facilia fieri.

Αλώπηξ καὶ Λέων
Αλώπηξ μή πω θεασαμένη Λέοντα, ἐπειδὴ κατὰ τινα τύχην αὐτῷ συνήντησε, τὸ μὲν πρῶτον οὑτως ἐφοβήθη ὡς μικροῦ καὶ ἀποθανεῖν· ἔπειτα τοδεύτερον θεασαμένη, ἐφοβήθη μὲν, οὐ μὴν ὡς τὸ πρότερο· ἐκ τρίτου δὲ τοῦτον θεασαμένη, οὕτως αὐτοῦ κατεθάρρησεν, ὡς καὶ προσελθοῦσα διαλεχθῆναι.

Ὁ μῦθος δηλοῖ, ὅτι ἡ συνήθεια καὶ τὰ φοβερὰ τῶν πραγματῶν εὐπρόσιτα ποιεῖ.

from Knopff’s Aesopi Phrygis Fabulae, p. 127 (


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