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Barlow 108. DE FORMICA ET COLUMBA

 

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Introduction, Grammar Notes and Glossary: See the printed book.

 

Quizzes and Activities: See the del.icio.us catalog for the supplementary materials.

 

Parallels: For parallel versions, see Perry 235.

 

Latin Text:

 

Formica, ut sitim sedaret, fonticulum accessit, sed in fonticulum elapsa et paene lymphis absorpta est. Columba, arborem insidens fonticulo contiguam, ramusculum ore direptum in fonticulum deiecit, cuius adminiculo servata Formica evasit. Sed interea affuit Auceps, Columbae insidias tensurus. Formica tibiale gravissime mordebat. Cui cum fricandi gratiam admonebat, percepit id Columba et impune avolavit.

 

Here is a segmented version to help you see the grammatical patterns:

 

Formica,

ut sitim sedaret,

fonticulum accessit,

sed in fonticulum elapsa

et paene lymphis absorpta est.

Columba,

arborem insidens

fonticulo contiguam,

ramusculum ore direptum

in fonticulum deiecit,

cuius adminiculo servata

Formica evasit.

Sed interea affuit Auceps,

Columbae insidias tensurus.

Formica

tibiale gravissime mordebat.

Cui cum fricandi gratiam admonebat,

percepit id Columba

et impune avolavit.

 

Translation: An ant, in order to slake her thirst, approached a little spring, but she slipped in the spring and had almost been swallowed by the waters. A dove sitting in a tree next to the spring, took a little twig in her mouth and tossed it down into the water, and saved by this assistance, the ant escaped. But meanwhile a bird-catcher had arrived and was about to stretch out his trap for the dove. The ant bit him most painfully on the shin, and when he reached for the bite in order to scratch it, the dove perceived it and flew away safely.

 

[This translation is meant as a help in understanding the story, not as a "crib" for the Latin. I have not hesitated to change the syntax to make it flow more smoothly in English, altering the verb tense consistently to narrative past tense, etc.]

 

Illustration: Here is an illustration from this edition, by the renowned artist Francis Barlow; click on the image for a larger view. From the look on his face, I would say that the fowler is shown here after the little ant (you can see the ant by his foot) has bitten him, and he is reaching to scratch the bite, thus alerting the bird up in the tree to his presence. Off in the distance there is a bird flying in the sky - perhaps that is a second scene, combined with this one, showing the bird flying to safety.

 

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