[Read more…] about 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.
[Read more…] about 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.
[Read more…] about 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.
[Read more…] about 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.
[Read more…] about 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.