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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Bird-Catcher and The Partridge

Ἰξευτὴς καὶ πέρδιξ

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 26.

The Bird Catcher and the Partridge = Perry 265 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 45)

Ἀνήρ τις ἰξευτὴς κατέσχε τινὰ πέρδικα καὶ εὐθὺς αὐτὴν καταθῦσαι ἠθέλησεν. ἡ δὲ πέρδιξ, τῆς ἰδίας ζωῆς ἀντεχομένη, πρὸς τὸν ἰξευτὴν συνέθετο ὡς “εἴ με τῶν δεσμῶν ἐλευθερώσεις, πολλοὺς πέρδικας ἐκμειλιξαμένη προσαγάγω σοι.” ὁ δὲ ἰξευτής, τῷ ταύτης λόγῳ μᾶλλον μανείς, ταύτην αὐτίκα ἀνῄρηκεν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς ὁ ἑτέρῳ παγίδα ἱστῶν αὐτὸς ἐν αὐτῇ ὡς σκαιὸς ἐμπεσεῖται.

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Ἀνήρ τις ἰξευτὴς

κατέσχε τινὰ πέρδικα

καὶ

εὐθὺς αὐτὴν καταθῦσαι ἠθέλησεν.

ἡ δὲ πέρδιξ,

τῆς ἰδίας ζωῆς ἀντεχομένη,

πρὸς τὸν ἰξευτὴν συνέθετο

ὡς

“εἴ με

τῶν δεσμῶν ἐλευθερώσεις,

πολλοὺς πέρδικας ἐκμειλιξαμένη

προσαγάγω σοι.”

ὁ δὲ ἰξευτής,

τῷ ταύτης λόγῳ

μᾶλλον μανείς,

ταύτην αὐτίκα ἀνῄρηκεν.

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς

ὁ ἑτέρῳ παγίδα ἱστῶν

αὐτὸς

ἐν αὐτῇ

ὡς σκαιὸς

ἐμπεσεῖται.

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