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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Two Roosters and The Eagle

Ἀλέκτορες δύο καὶ ἀετός

Another fable from Syntipas - check out the GreekAesop wiki for more information about Syntipas and his fables! I've included the text and a segmented version here; for grammar notes and more information, please visit the wiki. You can keep up with the latest Bestiaria posts by using the RSS feed, or you can subscribe by email. And now, here is Syntipas, Fable 7.

The Two Roosters and the Eagle = Perry 281 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 454)

Δύο ἀλέκτορες ἀλλήλοις ἐμάχοντο. καὶ ὁ μὲν εἷς ἡττηθεὶς τόπῳ τινὶ ἐν παραβύστῳ ἀπεκρύβη, ὁ δὲ ἕτερος, τὴν νίκην ἀράμενος, ἐφ’ ὑψηλοῦ τινος ἕστηκε δωματίου τὰ μεγάλα φρυαττόμενος καὶ τῇ νίκῃ ἐγκαυχώμενος, ἕως ἀετὸς καταπτὰς τοῦτον ἐκεῖθεν ἀνήρπασεν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς οὐ χρή τινα ἐπ’ εὐτυχίᾳ καὶ δυνάμει μέγα φρονεῖν καὶ ἀφρόνως σοβαρεύεσθαι.

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Δύο ἀλέκτορες

ἀλλήλοις ἐμάχοντο.

καὶ ὁ μὲν εἷς

ἡττηθεὶς

τόπῳ τινὶ ἐν παραβύστῳ

ἀπεκρύβη,

ὁ δὲ ἕτερος,

τὴν νίκην ἀράμενος,

ἐφ’ ὑψηλοῦ τινος ἕστηκε δωματίου

τὰ μεγάλα φρυαττόμενος

καὶ τῇ νίκῃ ἐγκαυχώμενος,

ἕως ἀετὸς

καταπτὰς

τοῦτον ἐκεῖθεν ἀνήρπασεν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς

οὐ χρή τινα

ἐπ’ εὐτυχίᾳ καὶ δυνάμει

μέγα φρονεῖν

καὶ ἀφρόνως σοβαρεύεσθαι.

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