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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Hare and The Fox

Λαγωὸς ἐν φρέατι καὶ ἀλώπηξ

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 10.

The Hare in The Well and The Fox = Perry 408 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 444)

Λαγωός τις ἐδίψα καὶ ἐν φρέατι κατῆλθε τοῦ ὕδωρ πιεῖν, ἀφ’ οὗ καὶ ἡδέως πολὺ ἐπεπώκει. ὅτε δὲ ἐκεῖθεν ἀνελθεῖν ἔμελλεν ἀμηχανίᾳ συνεσχέθη περὶ τὴν ἄνοδον, καὶ τὰ μέγιστα ἠθύμει. ἀλώπηξ δὲ ἐλθοῦσα κἀκεῖσε τοῦτον εὑροῦσα ἔφη πρὸς αὐτόν “μεγάλως ὄντως ἐσφάλης· πρότερον γὰρ ὤφειλες βουλεύσασθαι πῶς ἔσται σοι τοῦ φρέατος ἀνελθεῖν, εἶθ’ οὕτως ἐν αὐτῷ κατελθεῖν.”

Οὗτος ἐλέγχει τοὺς αὐτοβούλως πράττοντας καὶ μὴ συμβουλευομένους.

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Λαγωός τις

ἐδίψα

καὶ ἐν φρέατι κατῆλθε

τοῦ ὕδωρ πιεῖν,

ἀφ’ οὗ

καὶ ἡδέως πολὺ ἐπεπώκει.

ὅτε δὲ

ἐκεῖθεν ἀνελθεῖν ἔμελλεν

ἀμηχανίᾳ συνεσχέθη

περὶ τὴν ἄνοδον,

καὶ τὰ μέγιστα ἠθύμει.

ἀλώπηξ δὲ

ἐλθοῦσα

κἀκεῖσε τοῦτον εὑροῦσα

ἔφη πρὸς αὐτόν

“μεγάλως ὄντως ἐσφάλης·

πρότερον γὰρ

ὤφειλες βουλεύσασθαι

πῶς ἔσται σοι

τοῦ φρέατος ἀνελθεῖν,

εἶθ’ οὕτως

ἐν αὐτῷ κατελθεῖν.”

Οὗτος ἐλέγχει

τοὺς αὐτοβούλως πράττοντας

καὶ μὴ συμβουλευομένους.

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