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Asinus et Isis

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The story of The Donkey and The Goddess is a poem by Caspar Barth. It is written in Sapphic stanzas.

The Perry number for this fable is Perry 182.

You can find a translation of a Greek version of this story in Aesop's Fables, by Laura Gibbs (Oxford University Press, 2003).

   Use this Study Guide to organize your learning activities.

Here is the poem (click "play" icon for brief audio sample):

Auream portans Asinus figuram
Isidos magnae, populare vulgus
Dum genu flexo celebrare sacrum
Cernit honorem,
Ardet extemplo ambitione dia,
Seque cultores tot habere credit,
Quippe formosus satis et parente
Natus Equestri.
At sequens fastum premit hunc agaso
Fuste quadrato. Rediit tum asello
Conscius durorum animus laborum,
Numinis expers.
Quos levat Fortuna, aliena gaudent
Regna. Venturum est tumidos monere
Tempus inversa facie eruditum,
Sortis iniquae.

The following version puts the words in a more prose-like order so that it will be easier for you to read:

Asinus,
portans auream figuram
Isidos magnae,
dum cernit
populare vulgus
genu flexo
celebrare
honorem sacrum,

Additional grammar commentary to be added... meanwhile, if you have questions, use the Comments? Questions? Suggestions? link at the top or bottom of this page if you have a query. You might also want to look at these Tips on Using Segmented Texts.

extemplo ardet
ambitione dia,
et credit
se habere
tot cultores,
 
quippe formosus satis est
et natus
parente equestri.
 
At agaso,
sequens,
hunc fastum premit
fuste quadrato.
 
Animus
conscius durorum laborum,
et numinis expers
tum asello rediit.
 
Aliena regna
gaudent
quos Fortuna levat.
 
Tempus venturum est
eruditum
inversa facie
sortis iniquae
tumidos monere.
 

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