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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Man and The Viper

Ἀνὴρ ἔχιν ἀνελόμενος

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 25.

The Man Picking Up The Viper = Perry 176 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 440)

Ὥρᾳ χειμῶνος ἔχις τις πλησίον ὁδοῦ κατέκειτο καὶ τῇ τοῦ ψύχους σφοδρότητι ἐκινδύνευε διαφθαρῆναι. ἀνὴρ δέ τις παρερχόμενος καὶ ταύτην ἰδὼν κατῴκτειρε, καὶ ἄρας τῆς γῆς τῷ ἰδίῳ κόλπῳ ἐναπέθετο. ἡ δὲ ἔχις διαθερμανθεῖσα εὐθὺς καιρίῳ δήγματι τὸν ἄνδρα ἀπέκτεινεν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς ὁ φύσει κακός, κἂν ἀγαθόν τι παρὰ τινοσοῦν ἐπισπάσαιτο, τῷ εὐεργέτῃ μᾶλλον κακὰ ἀποδίδωσιν.

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Ὥρᾳ χειμῶνος

ἔχις τις

πλησίον ὁδοῦ κατέκειτο

καὶ

τῇ τοῦ ψύχους σφοδρότητι

ἐκινδύνευε διαφθαρῆναι.

ἀνὴρ δέ τις

παρερχόμενος

καὶ

ταύτην ἰδὼν

κατῴκτειρε,

καὶ

ἄρας τῆς γῆς

τῷ ἰδίῳ κόλπῳ ἐναπέθετο.

ἡ δὲ ἔχις

διαθερμανθεῖσα

εὐθὺς

καιρίῳ δήγματι

τὸν ἄνδρα ἀπέκτεινεν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς

ὁ φύσει κακός,

κἂν ἀγαθόν τι

παρὰ τινοσοῦν ἐπισπάσαιτο,

τῷ εὐεργέτῃ

μᾶλλον κακὰ ἀποδίδωσιν.

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