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Phryx Aesopus (Osius, 1574)

169. ARIES ET TAURUS (Perry 0)

DUX Ovium, princepsque aries quod forsitan esset,
Proelia cum Tauro stulta superbus init.
Qui domat insanum validis ira viribus hostem,
Stratus ut haud tacta surgere possit humo.
Qui moribundus ubi super ante dolore iacebat,
Haec sero temere proelia mota dolet.
Ne conferre manum meliori viribus ausis,
Ni mala dira pati victus ab hoste velis.

*** The drawing does not fit the fable. ***
The same image appears at Fable 89, where it fits.


Phryx Aesopus Habitu Poetico, by Hieronymus Osius, 1574 (artist not identified). Available online at the University of Mannheim. This book clearly recycles a set of images from another book of Aesop's fables. In some cases, the illustration does not match the fable shown, and in some cases I have not been able to identify what fable a given illustration is supposed to illustrate.