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

Ἀλώπηξ καὶ πίθηξ

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 14.

The Fox and The Monkey = Perry 14 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 188)

Ἀλώπηξ καὶ πίθηξ ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ὡδοιπόρουν. παρερχόμενοι δὲ διά τινων μνημείων, ἔφη ὁ πίθηξ τῇ ἀλώπεκι ὡς “πάντες οἱ νεκροὶ οὗτοι ἀπελεύθεροι τῶν ἐμῶν γεννητόρων ὑπάρχουσιν.” ἡ δὲ ἀλώπηξ λέγει τῷ πίθηκι “εὐχερῶς ἐψεύσω· οὐδεὶς γὰρ τῶν ἐνταῦθα ταφέντων ἀπελέγξαι σε δύναται.”

Οὗτος παριστᾷ τὸν τοὺς ψευδολόγους ὀρθῶς διελέγχοντα, καὶ τοὺς προδήλως τὸ ψεῦδος ἀντὶ ἀληθείας προσφέροντας.

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Ἀλώπηξ καὶ πίθηξ

ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ

ὡδοιπόρουν.

παρερχόμενοι δὲ

διά τινων μνημείων,

ἔφη ὁ πίθηξ

τῇ ἀλώπεκι

ὡς

“πάντες οἱ νεκροὶ οὗτοι

ἀπελεύθεροι

τῶν ἐμῶν γεννητόρων

ὑπάρχουσιν.”

ἡ δὲ ἀλώπηξ

λέγει τῷ πίθηκι

“εὐχερῶς ἐψεύσω·

οὐδεὶς γὰρ

τῶν ἐνταῦθα ταφέντων

ἀπελέγξαι σε

δύναται.”

Οὗτος παριστᾷ

τὸν τοὺς ψευδολόγους ὀρθῶς διελέγχοντα,

καὶ

τοὺς προδήλως τὸ ψεῦδος ἀντὶ ἀληθείας προσφέροντας.

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