Velut in speculum inspicere: Der Mensch im Spiegel der Fabel: Phaedrus

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Adami, Martina
Ausserhofer, Maria
Phaedrus
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1997
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Martin was just retiring from teaching and so gave me a set of teaching materials dealing with fables. Here is a very strong piece done for German schoolchildren. Fifteen good units mix Latin, literary analysis, comparative texts, and fascinating illustrations. I find in here several editions and particularly several artists that I want to seek out now, including Manfred Unterholzner. Introductory chapters acquaint the students with the genus and with this author, with some of his rhetorical and metrical proclivities, and with various fable authors in the tradition. The units here seem to include considerably more material than those in the comparable Austrian booklet, Phaedrus: Fabeln, listed under 2000/2003. For example, Unit 14, Alles hat seinen Preis, starts with a fine colored image that contrasts a wolf and a curiously pig-like dog with a thorny collar and obvious chain. Next comes Phaedrus' fable of the wolf and the dog, followed by several questions along with images from Grandville and Doré. The next part of this unit is a fable from Anouilh, Le chien pelé, along with a translation and some pointed questions. Two fables from Schnurre come next, accompanied by a sixteenth-century emblem illustration. The range of visual art presented in this booklet is particularly impressive. Lucky German students of Latin!
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