Saturday, July 4, 2009

Leo, Asinus et Gallus (Barlow)

SOURCE: Aesop’s Fables in Latin: Ancient Wit and Wisdom from the Animal Kingdom. For more information - including vocabulary lists and grammar comments - see the page for this fable at the Aesopus Ning.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons or accent marks - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)

MACRONS. Here is the text with macrons:

Gallus aliquandō cum Asinō pascēbātur, Leōne autem aggressō Asinum, Gallus exclāmāvit, et Leō, quī Gallī vōcem timet, fugere incipit. Asinus, ratus propter sē fugere, aggressus est Leōnem; ut vērō procul ā galliciniō persecūtus est, conversus Leō Asinum dēvorāvit, quī moriēns clāmābat, “Iusta passus sum; ex pūgnācibus enim nōn nātus parentibus, quamobrem in aciem irruī?”

ACCENT MARKS. Here is the text with ecclesiastical accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Gallus aliquándo cum Ásino pascebátur, Leóne autem aggrésso Ásinum, Gallus exclamávit, et Leo, qui Galli vocem timet, fúgere íncipit. Ásinus, ratus propter se fúgere, aggréssus est Leónem; ut vero procul a gallicínio persecútus est, convérsus Leo Ásinum devorávit, qui móriens clamábat, “Iusta passus sum; ex pugnácibus enim non natus paréntibus, quamóbrem in áciem írrui?”

UNMARKED TEXT. Here is the unmarked text - after practicing with the marked text that you prefer, you should not have any trouble with the unmarked text:

Gallus aliquando cum Asino pascebatur, Leone autem aggresso Asinum, Gallus exclamavit, et Leo, qui Galli vocem timet, fugere incipit. Asinus, ratus propter se fugere, aggressus est Leonem; ut vero procul a gallicinio persecutus est, conversus Leo Asinum devoravit, qui moriens clamabat, “Iusta passus sum; ex pugnacibus enim non natus parentibus, quamobrem in aciem irrui?”

IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source).

Here is another illustration from the Medici Aesop, which is online at the New York Public Library website.


  1. somebody knows which is the name of the fable the lion, the fox and the donkey, in latin??
    thank you

  2. Here are fables about the lion, the fox and the donkey:
    Latin fables: Leo, Asinus et Vulpes

  3. thank you¡¡¡ i dont know latin, but one of my teachers ask for it to get a better grade. So, there's one that talks about the lion the fox and donkey went hunting and at the end the lion get the better part which one is it? thank you again

  4. EXACTLY: that is the story. It is the "lion's share" where the greedy lion takes everything for himself. Here is a page with an English translation to go with the Latin:
    Barlow: Latin and English - DE LEONE, ASINO ET VULPE

  5. CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE DID YOU GET IT FROM? was it from the book aesops fables in latin???
    a hundred thank yous

  6. It is from a very old book, published in 1687. This would probably be the best page to print out; it is a copy of the actual page in that old book, and it has the Latin fable, plus a picture, too. :-)
    copy of Barlow's Aesop - the fable of the lion's share