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The Perry number for this fable is Perry 314.
The tradition shows Aesop telling this story about the frogs on a particular social occasion. The neighborhood thief was getting married and he threw a big party for his neighbors. The foolish neighbors flocked to the party to celebrate, whereupon Aesop told the story of the frogs to show them how foolish they were being: in the same way that more Suns would cause trouble for the Frogs, more thieves would cause trouble for the neighborhood. You can see a 1501 woodcut illustration for this fable showing the thief's wedding at the University of Mannheim website.
You can find a translation of a different Latin 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):
Nuptias quondam celebrare Solem
In paludosis cecinit lacunis
Fama; gaudebant hilarae et parabant
Una quas, longo senio erudita,
Voce sic tamden patrua increpavit,
Stulta gens; unum male fertis, acri
Porro quid vestro generi futurum est
Liberos uno generante plures?
Vota sic mortalia saepe contra
Se ipsa repugnant.
The following version puts the words in a more prose-like order so that it will be easier for you to read:
Fama cecinit quondam
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et parabant carmina.
ranas sic increpavit:
|Porro quid futurum est
|Sic saepe vota mortalia
contra se ipsa repugnant.
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files at BestLatin.net
are copyrighted by Laura Gibbs, 2007. No copyright is claimed for any images.