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Fable of the Day (Greek): Donkey and Cicada

I've decided to start a new experiment, publishing some Greek fables here in the eClassics website. I'm starting off with the fables of Syntipas, since I've been working on a Greek Aesop wiki with the fables of Syntipas. Check out the GreekAesop wiki for more information about Syntipas and his fables! I've included the text and a segmented version here; for grammar notes and more information, please visit the wiki. Here is Fable 1.…

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Added by Laura Gibbs on February 18, 2008 at 6:59pm — 1 Comment

Technology and Classics

Following on Seumas's lead, I'm posting something here with the title "Technology and the Classics" so that if Andrew wants to pick up a list of these, he'll be able to find it.



I'm someone who is absolutely passionate about the use of the Internet for teaching and learning, Classics included! I'm also very excited about how community tools, like this ning.com community, make it possible for teachers to connect and share ideas online. In addition to this Classics ning, I would… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on February 9, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De avaro sacculum alloquente

Title: De viro avaro sacculum nummorum alloquente: About the miser speaking to his sack of money, by Abstemius







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Vir quidam avarus, qui ingentem aureorum acervum male partum relicturus moriebatur, interrogabat sacculum nummorum, quem morienti sibi iusserat afferri, quibus voluptatem esset allaturus? Cui sacculus: heredibus, inquit, tuis qui nummos tanto… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on February 8, 2008 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De sene et Morte

Title: De sene mortem differre volente: About the old man wanted to postpone death, by Abstemius







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Senex quidam mortem, quae eum e vita raptura advenerat, rogabat, ut paululum differat, dum testamentum conderet et cetera ad tantum iter necessaria praepararet. Cui mors: cur, inquit, non hactenus praeparasti, toties a me monitus? Et cum ille eam numquam a se… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on February 7, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De praetore repetundarum damnato

Title: De praetore repetundarum damnato: About the praetor condemned for extortion, by Abstemius







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Praetor qui provinciam cui praefuerat expilaverat, repetundarum damnatus fuerat. Cumque aegre ablata restitueret, dicebat quidam e provincialibus, hic noster praetor mulieres imitatur, quae foetus concipientes mira voluptate afficiuntur, cum autem eos emittunt,… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on February 6, 2008 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De muliere ignem ferente

Title: De muliere ignem in mariti domum ferente: About the woman bringing a fire into her husband's house, by Abstemius







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Vir quidam prudens uxorem ducebat. Interrogatus autem ab amicis, quid sibi vellet facula illa, quam nova nupta accensam a paterna domo effert, rursusque mariti domum ingressura accendit et introfert. Significat, inquit, me hodie ignem a… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on February 5, 2008 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De accipitribus et columbis

Title: De accipitribus inter se inimicis quos columbae pacaverant: About the hawks who were enemies whom the doves pacified, by Abstemius







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Accipitres invicem inimici quotidie decertabant, suisque odiis occupati, alias aves minime infestabant. Columbae illorum vicem dolentes, eos missis legatis composuere. Sed illi, ubi inter se amici effecti sunt, ceteras… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on February 4, 2008 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De asino tubicine et lepore tabellario

Title: De asino tubicine et lepore tabellario: The Donkey Trumpeter and the Rabbit Courier, by Abstemius







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Leo, rex quadrupedum, adversus volucres pugnaturus, suorum acies instruebat. Interrogatus autem ab urso, quid ei asini inertia aut leporis timiditas ad victoriam conferre possent, quos ibi inter ceteros milites adesse cernebat, respondit: asinus tubae… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 31, 2008 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De culice et ape

Title: De culice cibum et hospitium ab ape petente: About the gnat asking for food and shelter from the bee, by Abstemius







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Culex hiberno tempore cum fame et frigore se periturum coniiceret, ad apum accessit alvearia, ab eis cibum et hospitium petens. Quae si ab eis fuisset consecutus, promittebat filios earum se artem musicam edocturum. Tunc quaedam apis:… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 29, 2008 at 10:35pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De leone et porco

Title: De Leone porcum sibi socium eligente: About the lion choosing the pig as his ally, by Abstemius







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Leo, cum socios adsciscere sibi vellet, multaque animalia sese illi adiungere optarent, idque precibus et votis exposcerent, ceteris spretis, cum porco solum societatem voluit inire: rogatus autem causam, respondit: Quia hoc animal adeo fidum est, ut… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 28, 2008 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De luscinia et accipitre

Title: De Luscinia cantum accipitri pro vita pollicente: About the nightingale promising to sing for the hawk in exchange for her life, by Abstemius







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Luscinia, ab accipitre famelico comprehensa, dummodo se ab eo devorandam esse intelligeret, blande eum rogabat, ut se dimitteret, pollicita pro tanto beneficio ingentem mercedem se relaturam. Cum autem… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 25, 2008 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De sene et iuvene poma surripiente

Title: De sene iuvenem poma sibi surripientem saxis deiiciente: About the old man using rocks to dislodge the young man stealing his apples, by Abstemius







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Senex quidam iuvenem sibi poma surripientem blandis orabat verbis ut ex arbore descenderet nec res suas vellet auferre. Sed cum incassum verba funderet, iuvene eius aetatem ac verba contemnente, non in… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 24, 2008 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De adolescente et lupo

Title: De adolescente ex coitu infirmo et lupo: About the young man exhausted by having sex and the wolf, by Abstemius







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Adolescens quidam uxorem duxerat et ipsam quoque adolescentulam, formosam admodum et libidinosam, cuius effrenae libidini dum satisfacere cupit, ita lumbos exhausit, ut paucis post diebus macilentus fieret et mortuo magis quam vivo similis… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 23, 2008 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De rustico et haedulo

Title: De rustico per vocem haedi ad iuriscultum admisso: About the farmer who was admitted to the lawyer's office thanks to the voice of a goat, by Abstemius







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Rusticus quidam, gravi lite implicitus, ad quendam iurisconsultum accesserat, ut eo patrono sese explicaret. At ille, negotiis impeditus, renuntiari iubet, se non posse nunc illi vacare, quare abiret… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 22, 2008 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De equo inculto sed veloci

Title: De equo inculto sed veloci et ceteris eum irridentibus: About the shabby, but speedy, horse, and the other horses who mocked him, by Abstemius







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Equi complures ad circenses ludos fuerant adducti pulcherrimis phaleris ornati, praeter unum, quem ceteri ut incultum et ad huiusmodi certamen ineptum irridebant, nec umquam victorem futurum opinabantur. Sed… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 18, 2008 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De lepore et vulpe

Title: De lepore calliditatem et vulpe celeritatem a Iove petentibus: About the rabbit who asked Jupiter to make him sly and the fox who asked to be swift, by Abstemius







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Lepus et Vulpes a Iove petebant: haec ut calliditati suae pedum celeritatem ille ut velocitati suae calliditatem adiungeret. Quibus Iupiter ita respondit ab origine mundi e sinu nostro… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 17, 2008 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De vulpe, cane et lepore

Title: De vulpe carnem leporis cani laudante: About the fox who told the dog how good the rabbit's flesh was, by Abstemius







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Vulpes, cum fugaretur a cane, et iamiam esset capienda, nec ullam aliam evadendi viam invenire se posse cognosceret: Quid me, inquit, O canis, perdere cupis, cuius caro tibi usui esse non potest? Cape potius leporem illum (non procul… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 15, 2008 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: Vir amicos experiri volens

Title: De viro amicos experiri volente: The man who wanted to test his friends, by Abstemius







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Vir quidam dives admodum et liberalis magnam habebat amicorum copiam, quos ad cenam saepissime invitabat, ad quam libentissime accedebant. Volens autem experiri, an in laboribus et periculis sibi fideles essent, omnes pariter convocavit, dicens obortos sibi… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 14, 2008 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: Vulpes et Aquila

I've tried a new experiment (the new year seems a good excuse for new experiments), creating a video to go with one of the fables from Barlow's Aesop, the story of the fox and the eagle. The video contains my reading of the fable (see here some notes about Why I Read Latin Out Loud), and it is illustrated with four different depictions of the fable, taken from the various illustrated Aesops at my… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 11, 2008 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De auriga et rota currus stridente

Title: De auriga et rota currus stridente: The driver and the cart-wheel that squeaked, by Abstemius







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Auriga interrogabat currum, quare rota, quae erat deterior, strideret, cum ceterae idem non facerent. Cui currus: Aegroti, inquit, semper morosi, et quaeruli esse consueverunt. Haec indicat fabula, mala solere homines ad querimoniam semper… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 10, 2008 at 9:16am — No Comments

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