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Fable of the Day (Greek): The Hen Laying Golden Eggs

Ὄρνις χρυσοτόκος

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 27.

The Hen Laying Golden Eggs = Perry 87 (English translation: Oxford Aesop 434)

Ἀνήρ τις ὄρνιν ἐκέκτητο χρυσοῦν ᾠὸν καθ’ ἑκάστην αὐτῷ τίκτουσαν. ὁ δὲ μὴ τῷ καθημερινῷ ἐκείνῳ ἐπαρκούμενος κέρδει, ἀλλ’ ἀφρόνως τοῦ πλείονος ὀρεγόμενος, τὴν ὄρνιν κατέθυσεν· ἐδόκει γὰρ ἐν τοῖς ἐγκάτοις αὐτῆς θησαυρῷ τινι ἐντυχεῖν. καὶ μηδὲν ὅλως ἐφευρὼν καθ’ ἑαυτὸν ἔλεξεν ὡς “ἐλπίδι θησαυροῦ ἐπερειδόμενος, καὶ τοῦ ἐν χερσὶ κέρδους ἐξέπεσον.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς οἱ πολλοί, τῶν πλειόνων ὀρεγόμενοι, καὶ τῶν ὀλίγων ἐκπίπτουσι.

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Ἀνήρ τις

ὄρνιν ἐκέκτητο

χρυσοῦν ᾠὸν

καθ’ ἑκάστην

αὐτῷ τίκτουσαν.

ὁ δὲ

μὴ τῷ καθημερινῷ ἐκείνῳ ἐπαρκούμενος κέρδει,

ἀλλ’ ἀφρόνως τοῦ πλείονος ὀρεγόμενος,

τὴν ὄρνιν κατέθυσεν·

ἐδόκει γὰρ

ἐν τοῖς ἐγκάτοις αὐτῆς

θησαυρῷ τινι

ἐντυχεῖν.

καὶ

μηδὲν ὅλως ἐφευρὼν

καθ’ ἑαυτὸν ἔλεξεν ὡς

“ἐλπίδι θησαυροῦ ἐπερειδόμενος,

καὶ τοῦ ἐν χερσὶ κέρδους

ἐξέπεσον.”

Οὗτος δηλοῖ ὡς

οἱ πολλοί,

τῶν πλειόνων ὀρεγόμενοι,

καὶ τῶν ὀλίγων ἐκπίπτουσι.

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