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245. ASINUS COMMUNIS. (Perry 0)

Quidam defungens iam morte relinquit Asellum,
Paupere praeterea re bona nulla pater.
Tres numero qui sunt, fratres communiter uti
Hoc portante, dabant quale, iuvabat onus.
Iam differre sui quivis quia fratris ad usum
Sustinet, hunc large promat ut ille, cibum:
Conficiente fame vires, et mole laborum,
Occidit infelix hac ratione pecus.
Saepe suis nimium parcunt dum rebus avari,
Insigni res hoc afficit ista male.

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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.