Juno, Venus, and the Hen

Venus showed Juno she was no more chaste than other women by asking a hen if she would stop scratching for a barn full of grain. She could not. Even the best are no better than others.

The Snail And The Statue

A Snail decided to foul a statue of Venus because of the excitation it excited. A Bird assured him that the beauty will out no matter what the Snail did. Art will shine through surface blemishes.

A Sow and A Dog

A Sow and Dog argued. The Sow swore by Venus she would disembowel the Dog if he did not mend ways. Dog said few ate pork; Sow said nobody ate Dog. When you can’t argue, confound.

The Trees Under The Protection of The Gods

Each of the gods picked a tree for protection. Minerva, wisest, picked the olive tree on account of its fruit which can be put to good use. Do what is useful.

The Cat and Venus

In a test a Cat was turned into a young maiden. She found a young man and were to be wed. At the wedding Venus released a Mouse and the maiden chased it. Nature exceeds nurture.