Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I won't be adding any new fables for a while in order to concentrate on the Latin Distich project, but here is a random easy fable to keep you busy in the meantime - just click on the title of the fable to see the text of the fable, along with a vocabulary list! There are appx. 200 fables with vocabulary now, so you should be able to find some fun things to read at random. :-)

Fabula Facilis: Pulex et Homo

Pulex hominem mordet;
homo extemplo pulicem comprehendit.
Pulex homini dicit,
"Oro, ut me mittas,
bestiolam tam minutam,
et tam levis punctuli ream!"
At homo ille renuit et,
hostem enecans, dicit,
"Hoc modo
docere volo pulices omnes,
et ceteros similes,
quam periculosum sit
homines pungere,
quorum digiti
facile vos opprimere possunt."

This story is based on 702. Pulex et Homo.

Pulex et Homo

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pulex - flea
et - and
homo - person, man
mordeo - bite
extemplo - immediately
comprehendo - grasp, catch, seize
dico - say, speak
oro - ask, beg, implore
ut - so that, that, in order to
ego - I, me
mitto - let go, send away
bestiola - tiny creature
tam - so
minutus - tiny
levis - light, slight
punctulum - tiny bite, sting
reus - guilty
at - but, on the other hand
ille - that, that, one
renuo - refuse, shake head "no"
hostis - enemy
eneco - kill, kill off
hic - this, this one
modus - way, manner, mode
doceo - teach
volo - want, wish, will
omnis - all, entire, every
ceterus - other, remaining, rest
similis - similar, like
quam - how
periculosus - dangerous, perilous
sum - be, exist
pungo - sting, prick
qui - who, which, that
digitus - finger
facile - easily
vos - you (plural)
opprimo - press down, crush
possum - can, be able

M0702 Perry272

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fabula Facilis: Vulpes Sine Cauda

In foveam incidit vulpecula,
et cauda eius detruncata est!
Postea occurrit multis vulpeculis.
Eas indignabunde conspicit et dicit,
"Fraterculi, quo vaditis?"
"Ad leonis basilicam imus," respondent.
"Ad leonis basilicam?" dicit vulpes.
"Profecto, ego ab ea redeo,
et mos iamiam novellus est:
omnes ferae detruncant caudas!"
Vulpeculae verba eius audiunt,
et detruncant caudas suas.
Vulpes hoc videt et irridet!
Hoc modo consolata est,
"Socios mihi creavi,
si non periculi, saltem pudoris."
Fabula docet:
Socios doloris habere
solamen est

This story is based on 41. Vulpes Sine Cauda.
Vulpes et Cauda Detruncata

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vulpes - fox
sine - without
cauda - tail
in - in, into
fovea - pit, pitfall
incido - fall into
vulpecula - fox (diminutive)
et - and
is - he/she/it
detrunco - cut off, mutilate
postea - aftewards
occurro - run into
multus - much, many
indignabunde - indignantl, angrily
conspicio - look at, inspect
dico - say, speak
fraterculus - brother (diminutive)
quo - where? to where
vado - go
ad - to, towards
leo - lion
basilica - basilica, hall
eo - go
respondeo - answer, reply
profecto - certainly, in fact
ego - I
ab - from
redeo - come back, return
mos - habit, custom
iamiam - now, already
novellus - new (diminutive)
sum - be, exist
omnis - all, whole, every
fera - wild animal, beast
verbum - word
audio - hear, listen to
suus - reflexive possessive adjective
hic - this, this one
video - see
irrideo - mock, scoff, laugh
modus - manner, way
consolatus - consoled, comforted
socius - ally, comrade, companion
creo - create
si - if
non - not, no
periculum - danger, peril
saltem - at least, anyhow
pudor - shame, embarrassment
fabula - story, tale, fable
doceo - teach
dolor - grief, sorrow, suffering
habeo - have
solamen - comfort
miser - wretched, unfortunate, unlucky
M0041 = Perry017