Phaedrus - The bearded she-goats

The she-goats had obtained a beard from Jupiter, the goats then became indignant, deploring that the females had attained a dignity equal to their own.
"Let them enjoy a vain glory," said Jupiter, "and let them appropriate
of the insignia of your rank, so long as they are not equal to you in fortitude."
This apologue exhorts you to tolerate those who are alike to you in dress but who are less than you in valor.

[ Barbam capellae cum impetrassent ab Iove,
Hirci maerentes indignari coeperunt,
Quod dignitatem feminae aequassent suam.
«Sinite» inquit «illas gloria vana frui
Et usurpare vestri ornatum muneris,
Pares dum non sint vestrae fortitudinis».

Hoc argumentum monet, ut sustineas tibi
Habitu esse similes, qui sint virtute impares. ]

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Once again time for this one:
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I read it three times with the dictionary and still am not able to understand it. A (pretty outdated) point of view that females aren't as important/good/brave or whatever positive adjective as males? Note that such statements – no matter with what intention – can easily get you in trouble nowadays.

Or is it a parable I can't decode?
 
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A (pretty outdated) point of view that females aren't as important/good/brave or whatever positive adjective as males
Obviously that is the case. Not surprisingly, it is the typical view of the macho and patriarchal Roman culture of 2000 years ago. It is certainly not my opinion. Some stories I translate because they are funny, not because they are logical or wise.😉
 
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