Phaedrus, Fables

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Phaedrus

Phaedri Avgvsti Liberti Fabvlarvm Aesopiarvm

Liber Primvs

Prologvs

Aesopus auctor quam materiam repperit, hanc ego polivi versibus senariis. duplex libelli dos est: quod risum movet, et quod prudenti vitam consilio monet. 5calumniari si quis autem voluerit, quod arbores loquantur, non tantum ferae, fictis iocari nos meminerit fabulis.

1 Lvpvs et Agnvs

Ad rivum eundem lupus et agnus venerant, siti compulsi. superior stabat lupus, longeque inferior agnus. tunc fauce improba latro incitatus iurgii causam intulit:

Title: So most editors. FEDRI AVGVSTI LIBERTI LIBER FABVLARVM PR'. PHEDI AVḠ LIBER I AESOPHIARV̅ D.

  • 3dos R. os corrected to mos P.
  • 4prudenti Bongars. prudentis PR.
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Book I, Fable 1

The Aesopic Fables of Phaedrus the Freedman of Augustus

Book I

Prologue

Aesop is my source. He invented the substance of these fables, but I have put them into finished form in senarian verse. A double dowry comes with this, my little book: it moves to laughter, and by wise counsels guides the conduct of life. Should anyone choose to run it down, because trees too are vocal, not wild beasts alone, let him remember that I speak in jest of things that never happened.

1 The wolf and The Lamb

Impelled by thirst, a wolf and a lamb had come to the same brook. Upstream stood the wolf, much lower down the lamb. Then the spoiler, prompted by his wicked gullet, launched a pretext for a quarrel:

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.phaedrus-fables.1965