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ROMULUS IS PHÆDRUS.
posed of sixty-seven fables. Of these thirty-seven occur in the ordinary Phædrus, and on inspection it becomes clear that they were taken direct from it with only sufficient alteration to turn them from verse to prose. Let us take as an example the Fable of The Wolf and Crane, which will often meet us later on in other connections. Here is Phædrus' rendering:—
Fab. VIII.— Lvpvs et Grvis.
Qui pretium meriti ab improbis desiderat,
Now let us take Ademar's prose adaptation and arrange it in lines like the original, for