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

Ἀετὸς 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 24.

The Eagle and the Fox = Perry 1 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 155)

Ἀετός τις τῇ ἀλώπεκι φιλιωθεὶς τοὺς αὐτῆς μετὰ ταῦτα καταβέβρωκε σκύμνους. ἡ δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν μὴ δυναμένη τῆς θείας δίκης ἐδέετο κατ’ αὐτοῦ. μιᾷ γοῦν συμβέβηκε θυσίαν τινὰ ἐπὶ βωμοῦ κατακαίεσθαι, ὁ δὲ ἀετὸς καταπτὰς βρῶμα ἐκεῖθεν ζέον ἐξήρπασε καὶ τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ νεοσσοῖς διαδέδωκεν. οἱ δὲ νεοσσοὶ ἐσθίοντες ὑπὸ τῆς ζέσεως εὐθὺς διεφθάρησαν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς οἱ τῶν ανθρώπων δυνάσται καὶ ἄδικοι, εἰ καὶ παρὰ τῶν ἀδικουμένων μηδὲν πάσχουσιν, ἀλλά γε ταῖς ἐκείνων ἀραῖς θείαν ἀγανάκτησιν ἐπισπῶνται.

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Ἀετός τις

τῇ ἀλώπεκι φιλιωθεὶς

τοὺς αὐτῆς μετὰ ταῦτα καταβέβρωκε σκύμνους.

ἡ δὲ

πρὸς αὐτὸν μὴ δυναμένη

τῆς θείας δίκης ἐδέετο

κατ’ αὐτοῦ.

μιᾷ γοῦν

συμβέβηκε

θυσίαν τινὰ

ἐπὶ βωμοῦ

κατακαίεσθαι,

ὁ δὲ ἀετὸς

καταπτὰς

βρῶμα ἐκεῖθεν ζέον ἐξήρπασε

καὶ

τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ νεοσσοῖς διαδέδωκεν.

οἱ δὲ νεοσσοὶ

ἐσθίοντες

ὑπὸ τῆς ζέσεως

εὐθὺς διεφθάρησαν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς

οἱ τῶν ανθρώπων

δυνάσται καὶ ἄδικοι,

εἰ καὶ

παρὰ τῶν ἀδικουμένων

μηδὲν πάσχουσιν,

ἀλλά γε

ταῖς ἐκείνων ἀραῖς

θείαν ἀγανάκτησιν

ἐπισπῶνται.

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