Friday, April 22, 2011

Fabula Facilis: Asinus et Tympana

Negotiator in via nundinas festinat,
cum asello.
Asinus onustus est.
Flagello et fuste male caedit,
et dicit,
"Veni citius, lucri causa!"
Asellus sperat,
"Post mortem ero securus!"
Sed asinus, quassatus, mortuus est.
De pelle eius facta sunt tympana,
quae homines semper battunt.
Fabula docet:
Qui putat
post mortem esse securus,
eum post mortem caedunt.

This story is based on 245. Asinus et Tympana.
negotiator et asinus

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the colored Steinhowel images. As often in Steinhowel's Aesop, both stages of the story are shown in one frame: on the left you can see the long-suffering donkey, and on the right you can see the donkey being "drummed" even after his death.
negotiator - dealer, trader
in - in, into
via - way, road
nundinae - market
festino - hurry
cum - with, together with
asellus - donkey
asinus - donkey
onustus - laden, carrying a load
sum - be, exist
flagellu in via nundinas festinat,
cum asello.
Asinus onustus est.
flagellum - whip
fustis - stick, club
male - badly
caedo - cut, strike, chop
dico - say, speak
venio - come
cito - swiftly, quickly
lucrum - profit
causa - reason, causa (for the sake of)
spero - hope
post - after
mors - death
securus - without worry, without care
sed - but
quassatus - battered, weakened
morior - die
de - from
pellis - skin
is - he/she/it
facio - do, make
tympanum - drum
qui - which, who that
homo - person, man
semper - always
batto - pound, beat, strike
fabula - story, tale, fable
doceo - teach
puto - think
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