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Author: Phaedrus - 41 AD

Retold version in Latin
  by Phaedrus - 41

Source: Fabulae Aesopiae (nr. 1.13)

Country of origin: Italy

Story type: Raven with a Cheese (ATU 57)

Based on The Fox and the Crow (Aesop)

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Vulpis et Corvus

Phaedrus

Quae se laudari gaudent uerbis subdolis,
serae dant poenas turpi paenitentia.
Cum de fenestra coruus raptum caseum
comesse uellet, celsa residens arbore,
uulpes inuidit, deinde sic coepit loqui:
'O qui tuarum, corue, pinnarum est nitor!
Quantum decoris corpore et uultu geris!
Si uocem haberes, nulla prior ales foret'.
At ille, dum etiam uocem uult ostendere,
lato ore emisit caseum; quem celeriter
dolosa uulpes auidis rapuit dentibus.
Tum demum ingemuit corui deceptus stupor.